Los Angeles, CA
Loyola High School
Killefer Flammang Architects
MATT’s team has partnered with Loyola High School, the oldest continuously run educational institution in Southern California, to build a new facility that will provide space for mass, school assemblies, standardized testing and private events. This one-story, multi-purpose facility will benefit from two large kitchens, a high-end sound and lighting system and projector screens. The assembly hall will boast a high, artful, slotted wood ceiling. A multicolored brick and precast concrete exterior with arched windows and detail design elements in the façade will echo the Gothic aesthetic of the two older buildings on campus, which have stood on the site for over 100 years.
The team will face several challenges as construction progresses. The site is located in a methane zone, calling for the installation of a methane barrier to prevent any leakage through the foundation. Two 40-foot-long underground storage tanks, each 10 feet in diameter, will be placed below-ground to form part of a storm water collection system that will also serve as greywater irrigation. The design also calls for hefty roof trusses spanning 85 feet long, which will require meticulous coordination and handling. Part of construction will take place during the bustling academic year, so the team has taken measures to minimize the impact to ongoing school activities.
Construction is slated to take place over 15 months, with demolition and abatement completed in less than three weeks.