Carmen Lomas Garza Primary Center (Dena Primary Center)

  • Location:
  • Los Angeles,
  • CA

Address: 2750 E. Hostetter St., Los Angeles, CA 90022

One of seven schools and a park recreation center developed by Garfield Traub for the Los Angeles Unified School District as part of its plan to reduce overcrowding in area schools, Dena Primary Center was designed by Rachlin Architects, Inc.

Dena Primary Center was the winner of the Project of Distinction 2006 Award by Education Design Showcase (2006 C.A.S.H./AIACC Leroy F. Greene Award of Honor), an interactive database for administrators, architects, planners and others involved in education facility planning, design and construction. This 25,400 square-foot school serves 250 students in 10 new classrooms. Dena Primary Center is a 2-building primary center with a 2-story classroom building and a one story multi-purpose building with an outside covered lunch shelter. The multi-purpose building houses the dining and food service functions as well as providing a small stage and performance area. The school’s unique architectural expression is accomplished with varying rooflines and exterior elevations showing multiple finishes.

Developed under the Education Code 17406 Lease/Leaseback program, Garfield Traub’s innovative financing plan provided the District with the most advantageous capital structure while enabling development team selection based on best value rather than lowest bid.

Eight developments were managed concurrently in eight locations with eight distinct designers and eight separate architects, including interface with eight owner representatives, eight separate builder project staffs and more than 200 subcontractors.

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“Garfield Traub’s experience and expertise ensured ultimate success of this highly visible and important project in LAUSD’s building program. Garfield Traub did a superb job.”

— Jim Cowell, Deputy, Chief Facilities Executive, Los Angeles Unified School District (xxxxxxxx)

View reference for the Los Angeles Unified School District here.