Location: San Pedro, California
Architect: Lehrer Architects LA, Inc.
Project Architect: Nerin Kadribegovic
Builder: TOBO Construction
MEP Engineer: Davidovich and Associates
Structural Engineer: Labib and Associates
Photography: Tom Bonner, Michael Lehrer
The San Pedro Community Center renovation and addition aim to augment and revitalize the “bones” of a well-used, 30-year-old facility by creating new, naturally-lit indoor/outdoor spaces. The design achieves more functional clarity, allowing each of its uses to be more effective.
Some of its new significant features include a new 800 sq. ft. Senior Activity Room which engages the front patio and creates a significant indoor/outdoor place for the facility. It also activates the street, making it livelier and safer by putting “eyes” on it.
Two new 600 sq. ft. classrooms with support facilities’ connect the existing preschool portion of the center while blending indoor/outdoor space. Required preschool servant spaces are distinctly separate from the served (classroom) spaces. When open, large sliding doors that ordinarily separate the classrooms, allow for rooms to be used as one great gathering space.
The landscape is shaped to create outdoor gathering places and extend usable indoor spaces. Taking the landscape into a vertical position a “living fence” is created to generate a continuous green environment along the perimeter of the building. This “living fence” is also intended to protect the building when not in use and also to act as an anti-graffiti screen.