Burbank High School

Burbank Unified School District

Burbank, California

This project was a comprehensive reconstruction of the aging and outdated Burbank High School. Built in the 1930's and 40's, the existing buildings were inadequate for today's course work and were isolated and dispersed, making student supervision difficult and circulation inefficient. An anticipated 20% growth of student population also required additional permanent space to support 2,700 students. Through carefully planned phasing, the school continued to operate during construction. The first phase included a multi-story building supporting administration, science and general classrooms, vocational arts, and a library/media center-designed to remain open to the public after school hours. 

In phase two, after demolition of existing classroom buildings, a new gymnasium, Olympic sized swimming pool, and 320-car parking structure were built. Athletic fields were increased, including tennis courts on the garage roof. Food service was replaced with new indoor/outdoor dining facilities. The existing 1,300-seat auditorium was preserved and completely renovated, with new choral, band, drama and art spaces. The project site totaled approximately 16 acres and the total building space of 420,000 SF.


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