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2011 Q Award Recipient

Los Angeles Unified School District
Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools

Los Angeles, CA – The Alliance for Quality Construction, a Southern California association of union contractors and building trades unions dedicated to promoting industry awareness of the value, quality and integrity provided by union contractors and their skilled craftsmen, will be presenting the ninth annual "Q" Award to the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) for the construction of the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools on June 28, 2011.

The award honors the LAUSD for its recently constructed 6 pilot schools comprising of an 83,000 sq feet, 840 seat elementary school, 438,000 sq ft, 3,440 seat middle school/high school and 1/3 acre parking lot along Wilshire Boulevard, which cost approximately $571 million. Construction for the schools began in December 2007 and opened September 2010. The design architect was Pasadena based Gonzalez Goodale Architects and was built by Hensel Phelps Construction Co.

The Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools exceed the strict environmental standards set by the Collaborative for high performance schools reflecting the latest “green” building methods and materials. It is the first in California to use a technology called ‘thermal displacement ventilation’ in which air is delivered from the lower portion of the walls, rather than from the ceiling, thus resulting in a more energy efficient way of cooling and improving air quality while reducing the amount of germs that travel through the air. A full glass curtain wall façade on the north face of the high school building maximizes natural light in the classrooms.

The following Pilot Schools are part of the six that make up the Robert F. Community Schools:
  • Ambassador School of Global Education (K-5)
  • Ambassador School of Global leadership (6-12)
  • New Open World Academy (K-12)
  • UCLA Community School (K-12)
  • Los Angeles High School of the Arts (9-12)
  • School for the Visual Arts and Humanities (9-12)

The site rests upon the once historic Ambassador Hotel, where Senator Robert Kennedy was assassinated in 1968. The park within the school serves as a memorial to Robert Kennedy including benches bearing information about Kennedy’s work. Serving as an area of open space, it features a 20-ft high by 30-ft wide stainless steel wall displaying excerpts from the senator and presidential candidate’s speech given in South Africa.

AQC Chair, Pam Ackrich said, "Not only is the concept of several schools on a single property unique, but the way in which the historical value of the pre-existing buildings was incorporated into the union-built project makes it truly deserving of the award."
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 selected by the Alliance’s membership from quality union construction projects completed in the previous year. Recipients of previous Q Awards have been the new LAPD Headquarters (2010), Los Angeles Unified School District’s Performing Arts High School #9 (2009), Nokia Theatre at LA LIVE (2008), Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Orange County (2007), The Getty Villa in Malibu (2006), The Home Depot Center in Dominguez Hills (2005), The Walt Disney Concert Hall (2004), and Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral (2003).

Photo Gallery

Left to right: Stephen Kimball,-Project Mgr, Hensel Phelps Construction Pam Ackrich-AQC Chair, Kelly Schmader-Interim LAUSD Chief Facilities Exec, Monica Garcia-President, LAUSD Board of Education, (standing in back) Paul Schrade-RFK Com Schools Task Force, Robbie Hunter-Exec Secty, LA/OC Bldg & Constr Trades Council
Coconut Grove Ballroom
Theatre Entrance
Coconut Grove Ballroom
Theatre Interior
Schrade Library
Faculty Café containing many
original fixtures.
Sculpture reproduction
overlooking Wilshire Boulevard.
Memorial to Robert F. Kennedy includes words from the presidential candidate’s speech in South Africa. The floor includes LED star positions from day of RFK’s birth (seen at night).


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