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2009 Q Award Recipient

Los Angeles Unified School District
Ramón C. Cortines School of the Visual and Performing Arts

Los Angeles, CA – The Alliance for Quality Construction, a Southern California association of union contractors and crafts persons, presented the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) with the 2009 Q Award for the construction of the Central Los Angeles Area New High School #9. This year's award ceremony and luncheon was held at the site of the newly constructed performing arts high school on Wednesday, June 10, 2009.

Amid a crowd of over 200 construction industry professionals, LAUSD Board Member Monica Garcia, Principal Suzanne Blake and LAUSD Chief Facilities Executive Guy Mehula accepted the prestigious award. The award honors LAUSD for its recently constructed 234,000 square foot facility costing approximately $233 million. The design architect was Coop Himmelblau, the architect of record was HMC, and the general contractor was PCL Construction Services, Inc.

Moderating the award ceremony held in the school’s state-of-the-art performance theater was Pamela Ackrich, Chair of the AQC. Her opening remarks included recognition of civic and industry leaders.

Richard Slawson, LA/OC Building & Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary, addressed the crowd regarding the importance of skilled labor working together with the City of Los Angeles and Los Angeles Unified School District on this impressive facility. Slawson also thanked the members of the AQC and its chair Pam Ackrich for the dedication and effort provided to the annual Q Award showcasing Southern California’s premier union built structures.

This new facility designed for both school security and community use, includes a crystalline public lobby, serving as both theatre lobby and exhibition area, and creates the public face of the school toward downtown Los Angeles, while the primary school entrance, via a grand open staircase, addresses the community. The high school incorporates specific sustainable design measures to enhance building and student performance including: energy efficiency, ample day-lighting in classrooms, improved acoustical performances, use of low-emitting materials and high efficiency irrigation systems.

A highlight of this year’s award ceremony was the visual presentation by Wil Painter, PCL Project Executive, who reviewed the school’s construction from bare ground to the magnificent facility in its present state.

AQC’s Q Award is given annually for outstanding contributions toward the attainment of quality construction within the building industry of Southern California. The winner is nominated and selected by the Alliance's membership from quality union construction projects completed in the previous year. Recipients of previous Q Awards have been Nokia Theatre at LA LIVE (2008), Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall (2007), The Getty Villa (2006), The Home Depot Center (2005), The Walt Disney Concert Hall (2004), and Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral (2003).

The Alliance's member union trades and contractors completed the construction of the high school that is quite visible from the 110/101 freeways near the downtown 4-level interchange. The school will relieve Belmont High School, which, until just recently, had been scheduled on a multi-track calendar. Belmont will now remain on a traditional calendar. The new school contains 64 classrooms and will serve 1,700 students in grades 9 thru 12.

The new campus scheduled to open in September 2009 includes a theater building, an art and music building, a library, a dance/administration building, a gymnasium, a cafeteria, turf fields and a parking structure. Circular windows give the school buildings a distinct appearance.

Following the Q Award presentation, all attendees stayed for a luncheon in the school’s plaza which was catered by actual high school students from within the district’s Culinary Arts program. 

Ms. Ackrich is quite proud of the contributions of AQC’s member contractors and union trades in the construction of this world-class facility. “It never ceases to amaze me how skilled labor and management work so incredibly well together to create a community based facility such as this,” says Ackrich. “I believe the students and their families who are associated with this school will continue to be impressed with the architecture, construction and its usefulness for years to come.”

Photo Gallery

Left to right: Rex Patton-Exec Director of Events, Moty Eisenberg -Owner's Authorized Representative on the project and Rick Hijazi-Senior Project Manager, Don Watts of PCL,Guy Mehula-LAUSD Chief Facilities executive (holding award); Suzanne Blake-Principal; Monica Garcia-LAUSD Board President, Wil Painter-PCL Project Exec; Richard Slawson-LA/OC Building & Construction Trades Council.
Left to right:
Suzanne Blake,
Guy Mehula-LAUSD
Left to right:
Jan Perry-LA City Councilwoman, Richard Slawson-LA/OC Building & Construction Trades Council.
Left to right:
Monica Garcia, Guy Mehula-LAUSD Pam Ackrich-AQC Chair.
Monica Garcia-LAUSD.
Left to right:)
Monica Garcia, Pam Ackrich-AQC Chair, Guy Mehula-LAUSD, Richard Slawson-LA/OC Building & Construction Trades Council.
Left to right:
John Lawrence, Wil Painter, Jennette Tardio-Sides, Don Watts, Steve Maragakis, Dave Yount, Leticia Householder, Tom Bicksler

LAUSD’s Central Los Angeles Area
New High School #9.

Wil Painter-PCL Project Executive.
Union construction trades representatives with LAUSD executives and Q Award.


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