LAUSD Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools Phase 2

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About the Project

The $324 million, 550,000-SF, six-level middle/high school building accommodates 3,474 seats. Included is 120,000 SF of covered plazas, lunch shelters and corridor areas. The schools include separate administration areas, a pool, an auditorium, and separate gymnasium buildings, each complete with locker rooms and coaching/training facilities.

The project included a new library in the same location and same floor plan replicated to match the original 1920s Embassy Ballroom’s fully arched and high-volume ceiling. At the entrance to the library is an art piece of the reconstruction of the hotel’s original Embassy Ballroom. It is a sequential piece consisting of video, photos, collage, and dioramas that interpret the history of the site, the hotel, and the school design. The second largest school district in the country spared no expense to preserve the historically-significant elements of the legendary Ambassador Hotel and its amenities and includes an academic program that offers core curriculum instruction that commemorates Robert F. Kennedy.

Quick Facts

  • Location Los Angeles, CA
  • Client Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)
  • Industry Education
  • Line of Business Construction
  • Completion Date May 2010
  • Duration 29 months
  • Contract Value $ 324,874,346
  • Square Footage 550,000 SF


2011 Awards

  • General Contractor Excellence Award – California Construction Expo
  • Excellence in Sustainability – California Construction Expo
  • Excellence in Partnering Awards – Associated General Contractors of California (AGC)
  • Electrical Excellence Award – NECA
  • Best Public Project – Los Angeles Business Journal
  • Best K-12 Education Project – ENR California
  • Assurance for Quality Construction – Southern California Union Trades
  • Q Award – Alliance for Quality Construction


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