Palm Crest Elementary School

La Cañada, CA

Project Overview

Custom V-shaped two-story delivers sleek design in a compact footprint.

A tight site and steep grade changes inspired AMS and LPA Design Studios to find an inventive solution for Palm Crest Elementary. Dual two-story modular buildings—a 196’ x 36’ 12-classroom wing and a 126’ x 36’ 8-classroom wing—adjoined in a fully-custom V configuration maximized space efficiency while forming a central outdoor learning courtyard between the two buildings. A covered skywalk and integrated elevator at the rear juncture create a sleek façade, upgraded with Alucobond metal panels and architectural accents that present a high-end exterior to neighbors looking down from the hillside above. Large windows, door sidelites and transoms increase natural light, supported by multi-level LEDs. The EMS-ready building is fully networked, with a robust power infrastructure for 21st century learning.

  • Staff workroom end modules up the aesthetic with an all-glass exterior wall 
  • Quartz countertops and custom blue casework are stylish and durable
  • Interior Modernfold stacking walls have an STC 47 rating for sound control
La Cañada Unified School District
23,184 SF
Project Scope
2 fully-custom K-6 classroom wings 20 classrooms, workrooms + restrooms
Completed Summer 2022
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