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Ulysses S. Grant High School

Ulysses S. Grant High School has been redesigned to create a safe and healthy high performance facility that enhances the learning environment for students and employees. The IBI design team used ‘Next Generation’ learning as a guide for the comprehensive modernization of the high school.

Los Angeles, CA
243,512 sq ft Size
Ongoing Status

The existing historic facility of Ulysses S. Grant High School, located in the Valley Glen neighborhood of Los Angeles, has been redesigned to undergo a complete modernization with the addition of three new buildings. The IBI design team sought to incorporate the District mission into the design “to create a safe and healthy high performance facility of enduring quality, sustainability and efficiency that enhances the learning environment for District students and employees.”

With the existing facilities and the central quad as the organizing element, primary design aspects were based upon culture, community, and historical significance of the campus. The central quad, identified as the ‘heart’ of the school, became the focus of the design with all spaces inside and outside the facility organized around it.

The developed design is a combination of new and modernized facilities for the school, which reorganizes the campus to provide a cohesive and safe educational environment. The new 43,775 sq. ft., two-story science and art building features covered walkways, a bridge, elevator and stairs to create a new portal between new and existing buildings. The 36,400 sq. ft. building framing the courtyard will house the new library which will serve as the learning hub to the campus. The new 7,716 sq. ft. building for maintenance, operations and horticulture has been located at the northwest side of the site, surrounded by outdoor learning stations and a demonstration educational garden and by service yard on the south.

A new generation of minds is reshaping the way we approach education at all levels of learning.

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Yong Kang

Director | US Sector Lead, Buildings
Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles, CA

As the US Sector Lead, Buildings, Yong Kang is responsible for overseeing the strategy, growth and development of the company’s new and existing business for IBI Group’s architectural, engineering and interior design practices nationwide. Bringing over two decades of proven experience in leading and managing major projects, Yong is a recognized leader in his profession. He is internationally recognized for having led the design of more than 15 million square feet of complex building environments for his clients throughout North America and Asia including multi-national conglomerates.

Yong is a licensed architect and is actively affiliated with numerous professional organizations including: the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Urban Land Institute (ULI), the Southern California Development Forum (SCDF) and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) amongst others. Yong holds a Master of Architecture from Syracuse University.

Craig Atkinson

Director | California Education Lead, Buildings
Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles, CA

Craig Atkinson is a lead in the Southern California Education sector with more than 27 years of experience in the design and construction of public projects in the educational and civic sectors. He has extensive knowledge and ‘know how’ in community relations, project consensus building, design, planning, project delivery, and quality control.

Craig’s years of project management experience for public clients throughout California have made him a resource for client and community relations and quality control within IBI Group. He has also served on the Santa Barbara County, North County Board of Architectural Review, coached various sports including Special Olympics.