With its advanced science-oriented curriculum, the 240,000-square-foot King/Drew Medical Magnet High School caters to juniors and seniors who demonstrate significant technical aptitude. Located adjacent to the King/Drew Medical Center, the facility grants students access to on-the-job medical training that complements their studies.
The campus comprises five separate structures, skillfully integrated on a small lot in a crowded urban environment. Features include 21 science laboratories (several of which contain wet laboratories with piped utilities and fume hoods); a glass atrium; an exterior mural; a fully enclosed gymnasium; an auditorium; a small-assembly theater; kitchen facilities; 52,000 square feet of parking; 26 classrooms; and an exterior amphitheater.
Formal partnering between PCL, the client, and the design team was one of the main keys to success on this project. Partnering participants met for a two-day workshop prior to the start of the project to establish project goals, agree upon means and methods to attain the goals, and sign a formal Partnership Charter. Interim meetings were held throughout the project to reinforce communication and teamwork.