Honoring the past.
Preparing for the future.
The El Monte community is proud of its Spanish heritage. When growing enrollment made expansion of the junior high a pressing need, school administrators had two core requirements: add custom space on a limited budget and maintain the Spanish architecture of the old campus in the new building design. AMS collaborated with the project team to design two modular classroom wings adjoining a new design-built administration center—a cost-effective solution that delivers a cohesive aesthetic with an adobe palette, exterior wainscoting and columns unifying the integrated structure’s rustic façade. A front loggia and metal tile roof with 8’ overhangs preserve the old Spanish feel outside, leading to modern, high-ceilinged, tech-enabled space inside.
- Open classrooms provide adaptable space for 21st century learning
- A rustic red pitched roof echoes the rooflines of existing buildings
- Large windows and a door window daylight the classrooms