Los Angeles, CA
Loyola High School
Killefer Flammang Architects
MATT’s team partnered with Loyola High School, the oldest continuously run educational institution in Southern California, to demolish an existing building and construct a new one-story, multi-purpose facility that provides space for mass, school assemblies, standardized testing and private events. A multicolored brick and precast concrete exterior with arched windows and detail design elements in the façade echoes the defensive battlement aesthetic of the two older, Gothic buildings on campus, which have stood on the site for over 100 years.
The assembly hall contains two large kitchens, a high-end sound and lighting system and projector screens. It also boasts a high, artful, slotted wood ceiling, with wooden wainscotting complementing the full height paneling in the entry lobby. The delicate woodwork needs to be installed in a cool, climate-controlled environment to prevent the material from expanding and contracting in the heat as it goes in. Tile floors went in simultaneous to the wooden ceilings, alongside an exterior brick paver driveway system, trees and irrigation.
The site is located on a methane zone, which called for the installation of a methane barrier to prevent any leakage into the foundation. Two 40-foot-long underground storage tanks, each 10 feet in diameter, were placed below-ground to form part of a storm water collection system and greywater irrigation. The design also called for hefty roof trusses that span 85 feet long, which required meticulous coordination.
Part of construction took place during the bustling academic year, so the team implemented measures to minimize the impact to ongoing school activities. Construction concluded after 15 months, with demolition and abatement executed in less than three weeks.