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Logan Memorial Educational Campus TK-8

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Engage: The design solution is a result of seven public meetings that brought together teachers, administrators, and the community.  

Listen: Starting with protest and ending with a master plan and applause, the existing Logan Elementary and Memorial Middle School was rumored to be closing.  The first master plan meeting opened with protest signs and news crews.  Over the years, the community had instilled a sense of great pride in their neighborhood school and wanted its rich culture to be preserved in the new design.  With the process being open and transparent, the resulting master plan not only retained the TK-8 component but transformed the site into a single comprehensive TK-12 educational complex. 

Design: The master plan participants, including many who live in the neighborhood participated with the team in reviewing existing site conditions, adjacent land uses, traffic patterns, projected enrollments, budget and schedule.  After understanding the site and defining the educational opportunities, the group worked together to come up with site zoning schemes that best fit the community and responded directly to the site and campus educational goals.

Confirm: The design was ultimately influenced by the community, resulting in a transformative school.  The design team further developed the resulting scheme and continued to review with the stakeholder group to ensure that the vision had properly been translated into the design.


DESIGN CONCEPT: The Logan Memorial Educational Campus, TK-8 grades, rebuilds the existing K-8 campus and adds a new child development center.  The building forms are simple, bold and influenced by Mexican modernism.  Resulting in architecture that fits the neighborhood and builds on the rich cultural history of the area.

ACADEMIC CONCEPTS: The District focused on closing the achievement and opportunity gap through three core academic concepts: Montessori Focus, Integrated Learning Experiences and Student-Centered Environments. 

Montessori Focus: The TK8 campus is proud to be a public Montessori school by putting students at the center of learning.  Montessori focuses on the whole student including social, emotional, intellectual and physical development.  Students learn and explore at their own pace in order to become critical thinkers.

Integrated Learning Experiences: The TK-8 campus will offer classes that integrate with the Career pathways that will be offered at the future HS that will be on the same site. The TK-8 educational environments have been designed to support hands-on learning, teamwork, communication proficiency, critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.

Student Centered Environments: This campus will be a place students want to be.  The learning commons is adjacent to 2 STEM spaces.  Resulting in a vibrant student environment where students create, research, think and present to their peers.  Each classroom village is designed around collaboration spaces to promote flexible learning.  Throughout the entire campus are maker spaces and design labs.  Giving students spaces with 3D printers, laser cutters and other equipment where they can gather to design, prototype and create manufactured works. 

COMMUNITY ENVIRONMENT: This campus will be a neighborhood learning center, engaging parents and community volunteers in the educational process.  Spaces and programs that support this connection include:

Child Development Center: This center provides the Logan Heights community with care and enrichment programs for infants through 2-years.  Research shows that children learn from infancy. The space and program offers a safe, secure and stimulating infant program for generous amounts of nurturing, and tranquility as well as areas for curiosity and stimulation – because a child is never too young to develop a foundation for learning.

Community Room: This space not only supports parent involvement and strong community connections to the neighborhood, but it also serves as a center to various programs and activities that will be offered to the community through the School District.  The Community Room assists families through an educational enrichment program focusing on nutrition education, health and social services.

Arts: An art master plan was developed and integrates murals, signage and ornamental metal works into the design.  Each of the eight large scale exterior building art panels will abstractly represent one of the core concepts of the school including community, compassion, creativity, growth, leadership, collaborate, inspire and innovate.


This campus created a walkable neighborhood center with easy accessible and securable joint use spaces.  The campus has a single point of entry, great sight lines from the surrounding streets into public areas, and strategic placement of facilities that the public can use.  There is a strong connection between indoor and outdoor spaces.  This is accomplished by using easy to operate sliding and sectional glass doors which connect the interior spaces to sheltered and shaded outdoor spaces.  Creating outdoor spaces that are comfortable for students and easy for staff to supervise.  Learning can take place anywhere on campus.


The project is CHPS Designed and is participating in the Savings by Design program offered by SDG&E.  Sustainability was a key factor in design decisions regarding the creation of learning environments, accommodating operational effectiveness and energy efficiencies.  High performance attributes for the facilities will include natural ventilation, materials that promote energy and water efficiency, maximize the use of natural lighting, improve indoor air quality, utilize recycled materials and create acoustical conditions that are conducive to optimal learning environments.  The project is targeting net zero with over 55,000 sf of PV panels, potentially generating more energy than it consumes. 

2875 Ocean View Blvd, San Diego, CA 92113

Project Owner/Developer:
San Diego Unified School District

Contact Name/Email:
Lee Dulgeroff / ldulgeroff@sandi.net

Project Architect/Designer:
DLR Group - BakerNowicki

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