"The Los Alamitos High School STEM Building will boost the educational opportunities for our exceptional students," said Dr. Andrew Pulver, Superintendent. "It's an advanced facility, on par with what you'd find on a higher education campus. We're excited to bring these world-class amenities to our students' educational journey."
The new three-story STEM Building serves as the new campus gateway. At 55 feet tall and comprising 86,528 square feet, the building is the tallest on campus, offering almost two acres of enclosed learning space. It houses 30 science, math, and Career Technical Education (CTE) classrooms with dedicated staff spaces on each floor to support collaboration.
The ground floor features a college and career center, a media center, a computer lab, and a specialized fabrication lab for manufacturing, engineering, and robotics. The outdoor courtyards and "stadium seating" grand staircase will allow flexible learning and performances. Project partners included architect Westgroup Designs and construction manager Rachlin Partners.
"While developing in the midst of the COVID pandemic with all of its unique challenges, the Los Alamitos Unified School District set the tone with its positive, problem-solving attitude," said Mat Gates, President of Erickson-Hall. "For all of the design, development, and construction partners, this project represents the best that can come from a spirit of collaboration."