Valhalla High School

Project Type
Education/High School
Grossmont Union High School District
El Cajon, CA

Platt/Whitelaw Architects was retained by the District to provide complete architectural services for modernization of the Valhalla High School campus, which was originally built in 1974. The main building is a complex circular concrete and steel building designed in an open school format around a central atrium (three stories over a basement). Over the years, classrooms were added and reconfigured resulting in a dysfunctional layout. The existing conditions for this project were extremely complex, requiring careful investigation and visualization as part of the design process and ultimately resulting in a bright, collaborative learning environment. The unique radial atrium and new central theater is at the heart of the redesign and is surrounded by clusters of learning spaces. This project consisted of 155,000 sf on a 65-acre site.