Wiseburn High School

  • El Segundo, CA
  • Institutional
  • Turning a former 210,000 square foot, four-story fighter jet design facility into a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) magnet high school campus serves as an inspired example of repurposing existing infrastructure. Housing three distinct high schools spread over the upper three floors, with gallery and office spaces on the ground level, the facility is unified by its central atrium with its monumental stair, and has an openness and flexibility often associated more with creative office space than with education. The challenges to the lighting team included filling the atrium with light, and developing distinct environments for each discipline, while hewing to an overarching industrial/technological aesthetic. A stringent energy code was also a consideration, as was maintenance in such a vaulted space, so the facility is 100% LED. Finally, as a home for creative and innovative thinkers, playfulness is a key element to the design. Architecture by Gensler, with full MEP services by tk1sc.