Architectural and Engineering services for educational facilities.
W E Jackson Corp
The School Districts’ criteria was to create a two story classroom building with minimal windows. This would allow large areas for neighborhood graffiti. The surrounding area is a sea of industrial and commercial clutter, with artistic and gang graffiti everywhere. There is nothing about the area or the existing school that would be appropriate to blend in with. Therefore, the building should be a meaningful focal point.
While walking the Site, I noticed that many of the children attending the school were American Indians. I have enjoyed going to Will Rogers Home and seeing the Indian blankets hanging on the walls. I decided to honor the rich tradition of the American Indian heritage in a similar way. The weavings and tapestry of the American Indian would be perfect to create a two story Indian blanket that would be permanent, long lasting and durable.
The perfect material is brick. It is made of native material, clay, and the color is consistent with the variety of tones used in Indian blankets. It’s permanent, long lasting and durable. We used five colors of brick to create tapestry patterns that echo the patterns used by Native Americans.
Because the Site is very near to the Santa Monica Fault, we wanted a higher resistance to seismic action than we would normally in a seismic zone 4. We went with heavily reinforced hollow brick masonry, which looks similar to a concrete block but has a much higher pound per square inch rating. In addition to the higher seismic resistance we also achieve enhanced fire-protection, sound control and passive solar advantages.