Extensive space reconfiguration resulted in a new library/media center; additional classrooms, restrooms and storage areas; creating a main office near the campus entrance; and redesigning the play yard to create a garden and outdoor classroom spaces. Modernization improvements included painting the building’s exterior; replacing existing windows with energy efficient glazed windows; replacing lighting with energy efficient pendant lighting; installing a new internet system, security gate and security cameras; replacing the fire alarm system and exterior doors; and installing a new fire sprinkler system. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) upgrades included modifications to restrooms, interior doors and drinking fountains and installation of wheel chair ramps.


Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has approximately 700,000 students attending more than 800 school sites throughout the greater Los Angeles area. CSDA was selected to perform the surveys and site analyses of six campuses for assessment: Bancroft Middle School, Franklin High School, Marina del Rey Middle School, Mark Twain Middle School, Westside Leadership Magnet, and Venice High School.

CSDA reported on the physical conditions of the schools, from structural conditions to technical infrastructure and code deficiencies. The survey also identified school needs such as programmatic priorities, public use, utilities and infrastructure, circulation on and drop-off areas, parking needs, security and core facilities. Following the collection of programming and data collection, CSDA developed project lists that responded to campus needs identified with the analysis of data collection. These project lists were then used as the framework for creating several unique design concepts that encapsulated the projects into a congruent final vision for the campuses.

Finally, concept design schemes were presented in a series of community design charrettes in which stakeholders, parents, teachers, principals, and students were invited to provide feedback on the concepts and select a final scheme that best exemplified the shared vision of their campus. Final concepts were selected and developed into final master plans to be used in prioritizing district-wide projects in preparation for LAUSD’s next wave of campus improvement projects.


CSDA Design Group designed the new Gibbons Hall of Music (17,000sf). The three-story contemporary building is irregularly shaped with curved walls and barrel rooflines, and was designed to maximize ocean views. Its decorative arch makes a bold statement and gives a distinctive identity to the 11-acre campus while seamlessly blending into its vernacular. Strategically placed at the confluence of several circulation paths, the entrance features a dramatic grand stairway that creates a gateway between the school’s academic and athletic zones. An upper plaza provides a viewing area for athletic events and a gathering space for up to 150 people.