Playa Vista Elementary School in Calif.

Playa Vista Elementary School



Thornton Tomasetti provided structural engineering services for LAUSD’s first LEED Platinum elementary school campus. Three school buildings and one multipurpose room total 56,439 square feet and connect via suspended walkways and canopies. The program includes 26 classrooms for grades K-5; administration, service and support areas; a library; and food service, maintenance and multipurpose space.

Structurally, the buildings feature steel construction with concrete slabs on metal deck. The lateral system for the classroom buildings is eccentric braced frames. For the multipurpose room, special concentrically braced frames were chosen. Continuous footings along each building’s perimeter provide adequate support to control differential settlement.

The LEED Platinum project qualifies for CHPS (Collaborative for High Performance Schools) certification. Sustainable design elements include natural daylighting, renewable energy sources such as photovoltaic panels, and water source heat pumps.

All phases of the structural design were completed using Revit. During the construction administration phase, Thornton Tomasett’s Revit model was used by the architect to carry out detailed clash detection verification and to aid the contractor in creating standard shop drawing submittals.

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