Northwood High School

Client: Irvine Unified School District
Services Provided: Master Planning, Programming, Design, Construction Documents, Construction Administration, Theater Consulting
Project Location: Irvine, CA
Project Size: 200,000 sf
Capacity: 2,400 Students
Completion Date: September 2000
Sustainability: Sustainable Design Features Included
Program: 52 Classrooms, 26 Labs, Lecture Hall, Library/Media Center, Administration, Gymnasium, Mini Gymnasium, 600-seat Performing Arts Center, Teachers Work Areas, Food Service/Lunch Shelter, Student Center

2001 Citation Award American Association of School Administrators
1996 AWARD OF EXCELLENCE Coalition of Adequate School Housing
1996 CITATION AWARD National School Boards Association
1996 CITATION AWARD American School and University
1996 HONORABLE MENTION American Institute of Architects, Orange County

Northwood High School is a comprehensive 9-12 grade, 2,400 student high school. Academic core “families” are comprised of interdisciplinary groupings of core academic classes. Groupings of 9th-10th and 11th-12th “houses” make up four “villages”. “Institutes” offer students specific career, college-prep and academic focus. A major component is the implementation of a district-wide data network. The Learning Resource Center, at the center of the academic core, divides the 4 villages equally and helps form the villages’ courtyards. The Institutes are located surrounding the academic core to act as transition between the academic and public environments.

The Performing Arts Center is a 600-seat facility with a full fly loft, an orchestra pit, black box theatre and stage shops. The theater has the flexibility to become three separate lecture spaces. This performing arts “institute” offers career, college-prep and academic focus in the performing arts. The 11,000 quare foot Gymnasium includes a Main Gym, Mini Gym, Weight Room, Exercise Room, Health Classroom, PE Offices, Conference Room, Training Room, Shower/Locker Rooms and Storage Rooms.