In October 2010, the William S. Hart Union High School District approved Flewelling & Moody to design a new Library, new Administration Building, and front of campus plan, as the final stage of the modernization of the campus that we began in 2007. The existing 1950s-era Library will be demolished, and the existing Admin building will be modernized to accommodate student services and provide a possible parent center and community use space. Design work is in process.
In July 2010, Flewelling & Moody was approved to continue our relationship with Hart High School to continue the modernization of the campus, focusing on Industrial Arts buildings, as well as the central Kitchen and Multi-purpose room. A Photography lab and classroom, Autoshop facilities, Blackbox theater, Set/scene Workshop will all be provided, along with a reconfiguration of the central Printshop and Graphic Design classroom that services the year-round printing needs of the District, including the student newspaper, The Smoke Signal. Design work is in process.
As a part of our February 2011 masterplan presentation for La Salle High School College Preparatory, we created 3 large format graphic boards showing conceptual design of a new Water Polo facility, Gymnasium, and Performing Arts Center. In deference to the well-established residential neighborhood to the south, we proposed depressing the pool and gymnasiuim into the site and providing a landscaped berm to mediate the acoustical impact of the new sports programs. The Performing Arts Center would open up to the main parking lot and redefine a formal entrance for the site. A mix of hand sketched renderings and Google Earth background imagery, the presentation was well-recieved, but ultimately a different firm was chosen to proceed with the masterplanning work.
In April 2007, the William S Hart Union High School District approached Flewelling & Moody with the need to modernise their flagship campus. Hart High School’s facilities date to the early 1950s, and other than a gymnasium built following the Northridge earthquake in 1994, the site had not seen modernization, and had not seen significant new construction since the mid 1970s.
In extensive consultations with District and site administration, instructional staff and our consultants, Phase I of the project developed into a modernization of 7 of the classroom buildings onsite, provision of a new 7-lab Modular Science building, a Band Room Addition to the Auditorium, site-wide fire alarm, new restrooms and extensive IT infrastructure upgrades.
Wherever possible, daylighting was provided to classrooms, using high clerestory windows and solatube skylights. Nora rubber flooring and Interface carpet tile provided the opportunity for coordinating floor patterns in classrooms and hallways. Thin brick on the bandroom addition was produced using the same equipment as the brick original to the 1950 Auditorium, enabling a precise match between old and new structures. Perhaps the most gratifying aspect of the project is the pride the students, staff and community take in the new spaces.
Project Role: Job Captain/Architect & Construction Administration Lead.
Above: Hart Auditorium - Choral room and New Band room Addition. The tooling used to form the original ruffled brick texture was used 60 years later to create a matching thin brick application, resulting in an almost seamless blending of the addition into the context.
I adapted an existing spreadsheet to automate the calculation of restroom plumbing fixtures required by code for Elementary and Secondary Schools. These sheets are provided below for information only. Download Plumbing Worksheets.zip
At Peachland, a new addition increased the size and improved the functionality of the Administration building, and at Newhall, the core building built in the 1930s received structural and cosmetic upgrades. New IT infrastructure was also brought to all the classrooms along with a sitewide cosmetic upgrade.
A 3D Revit model was created after bid time to assist in the coordination of ductwork, structural steel and suspended lighting bracing wires, resulting in fewer change orders for these systems. The contractor’s almost immediate cooperativeness once clarifying 3D imagery was provided was memorable and changed the tenor of what was proving to be a challenging working relationship.
Project Role: Job Captain / Construction Administration Lead.
Opened in the fall semester of 2005, Oak Hills Elementary School involved new construction of a 40,000 sf central core building holding Administration, Library, Multi-Purpose and Kitchen spaces, flanked by several single-story modular classrooms on slab foundations and a 16-classroom 2-story modular building.
Project Role: Job Captain - Construction Documents, Bid, Construction Administration
As a part of our architectural firm’s marketing outreach effort for 2011, a colleague and I developed and produced a series of buttons to be mailed monthly to approximately 100 of our clients. Each month two designs were selected and sent out, along with a card detailing the holiday or theme. Wherever possible, the theme chosen was education related, as the firm focuses on school and university architecture: National Handwriting Day, Teacher Appreciation Day, as well as more traditional public holidays.
Thanks to the Busy Beaver Button Co. for the tremendous service in printing these promotional items for us - I can (and do) highly recommend them.
In the interest of streamlining our marketing efforts and decreasing the time taken to product the books we produce in response to requests for proposals and requests for qualifications, I and another colleage simplifed our graphic presentation. Goals included: