Tustin High School

  • Location: Tustin, CA
  • Type: 9-12
  • Scope: Modernization and Expansion
  • Completion Date: Summer 2017
"The key to all successful projects is teamwork. AMS took a personal interest in our project, showing the project team how we could achieve our goals with their modular two-story product. After touring an AMS two-story building in another district, we knew AMS could deliver our vision at a more affordable cost with a very quick turnaround. In the end, we sacrificed little and gained so much by going modular."
David Miranda
Senior Director of Maintenance and Operations

Project Background

Tustin High’s Master Plan called for the addition of a two-story classroom building on the school’s historic campus—the oldest in the Tustin Unified School District. When a site-built structure proved too costly, Tustin USD and the project’s General Contractor, Balfour Beatty Construction, worked with American Modular Systems (AMS) to modularize the design, based on conventional plans provided by Little Diversified Architects. The new 14,000-square-foot building includes 12 modern classrooms, restroom facilities and faculty work space in an L-shaped configuration, delivered on a very short timeline to meet the school’s pressing needs. To preserve the unique detail of the 1920s campus, the AMS building façade features custom architectural enhancements that aesthetically bridge old and new, honoring the community’s heritage while giving students state-of-the-art space for 21st century learning.

Challenged with tight budget and time constraints, AMS found creative solutions for customizing the two-story building. Blended ruffle face brick accents the 40-foot end walls, echoing old brick used throughout the campus. Instead of transom windows, three colors of ceramic deco tiles were handmade and factory-installed above each exterior door, matching the original tiles on existing buildings. To meet District requirements for a unique hot dipped galvanized picket hand rail system, AMS substituted solid steel pickets for the typical tube steel pickets, ensuring a low-maintenance balcony system that doesn’t need painting. AMS also upgraded systems for greater energy efficiency and reduced operating costs. High efficiency 14 SEER HVAC systems are mounted on the building’s cool roof and controlled via an Energy Management System. LED lighting is equipped with occupancy sensors, dual glazed windows have 50% tinting and low-flow fixtures save water, enhancing comfort while conserving resources.