Beverly Hills High School241 Moreno Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Design Achievement – Beverly Hills High School, a beloved civic landmark steeped in tradition, stands proud above the expansive Graduation Lawn, a park-like setting where graduations have been a celebrated community event since 1928. Over time, the small campus has developed into a hodge-podge of buildings that no longer facilitate education, and a campus plan that puts the car before students. DLR Group's conceptual design respects the past by maintaining the original 1928 historic building and lawn while shaping the future with state-of-the-art "next generation" academic and athletic facilities. Heath Avenue, an asphalt thoroughfare bisecting the campus, will be replaced by a beautiful pedestrian plaza with Norman Walk as the new heart of the campus. A new campus front door will be created, and access will be improved to all public use facilities for after-hours events. The new Beverly High School will have a collegiate, cohesive architectural character surrounded by a welcoming, pedestrian oriented atmosphere.
Scope Summary – The scope of this project entail a complete modernization and additions to an historic, 1928, 510,000 SF high school. The new campus will be a combination of modernized existing buildings as well as new buildings, designed to harmonize with the original 1928 building. The Swim Gym made famous in the movie "It's a Wonderful Life" will be restored. At full build-out, nearly the entire 24 acre site will be redeveloped to maximize usable area for regulation size athletic fields, and to create a pedestrian-focused campus by placing parking underground. The existing Heath Avenue cutting through the campus will be replaced by a new pedestrian plaza. New educational specifications will guide the development of innovative 21st Century learning environments, focused on learning villages and flexible common space. The facility program includes three different theaters, a highly advanced TV studio, a robotics lab, an art gallery/welcome center, a fitness club, a planetarium, new gymnasiums and athletic fields, and an Olympic-size aquatics facility. DLR Group provided integrated master planning, architecture, and interior design services.