San Diego, CA

The Monarch School is a unique educational facility; one of a handful of its kind in the United States, created to educate homeless children.  The new Nat and Flora Bosa Campus, located in the Barrio Logan District of San Diego, is five times the size of Monarch's previous facility, and allowed the school to double its enrollment to over 350 K-12 students; it houses an array of educational and support services, with room for expansion.

An existing 59,000 SF two-story, tilt-up concrete commercial warehouse building at 1625 Newton Avenue was seismically upgraded and transformed into Monarch's new educational facility.  The overall building footprint was maintained while adding an entry portico, arcade/shade structure, exterior color scheme, and landscaping.  Windows and doors were added to the majority of classrooms for natural daylight.  Interior improvements include two resource centers, a library, tutoring center, lobby, auditorium, and several support spaces on two floors.  The lobby and auditorium are atrium spaces with skylights to create an inviting, comfortable environment for students, faculty, and staff.  Parking areas, hardscape play spaces, a kindergarten playground, and new landscape adjoin the facility on three sides.  

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