Jessie Elwin Nelson Academy
Long Beach Unified School District wanted to pilot new ways of teaching and learning through a school built on progressive technology and high efficiency. They needed someone who believed in this vision and could carry it through, so they called on us.
Architecturally, the building takes advantage of the site’s triangular geometry and southern exposure afforded by hillside grade changes. Balconies, walkways and classrooms all benefit from the integral, high performance design strategies. The building masses wrap in acute angles to create social spaces of varying qualities and functions, including a central civic plaza, intimate courtyard and open sports field.
Recycled construction materials, energy-saving and ozone-friendly air conditioning and heating, high efficiency lighting and water-conserving fixtures all promoted Long Beach USD’s desire for environmental sustainability. The resulting facility met both the progressive and efficient goals for the Academy.
Long Beach Unified School District
Long Beach, CA
89,000 sf new construction
Planning, Architecture, Interior Design