Ramon C. Cortines of Visual and Performing Arts

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Telenet VoIP, Inc has completed all 10 scopes of low voltage systems at Ramon C. Cortines of Visual and Performing Arts

These scopes include, Audio/Visual for the theater, Audio Surveillance, Autonomous PA for Dance Rooms and the Gymnasium, Cable Television Broadcast, Classroom Sound Enhancement, Intrusion System, Fire Alarm, Public Address System, Structured Cabling, Synchronized Clock, and the Video Surveillance system. After 2 ½ years of hard work and dedication by all staff this project is completing on schedule. This marvel of construction is by far one of the largest and most challenging projects Telenet VoIP, Inc has worked on to date.

Ramon C. Cortines of Visual and Performing Arts, LAUSD’s new flagship high school project with emphasis in the Visual and Performing Arts, is in direct vicinity of the downtown Los Angeles cultural corridor with Disney Concert Hall, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. The school campus will include four academies for education in music, dance, theater arts and visual arts, and a theater for 1,000 visitors which can be open to the public.

By breaking up the student body of 1,600 students into four so-called “Academies” each specializing in one of the arts courses offered next to the general education – visual arts, dance, music and theater arts – a closer and more personal environment between teachers and students is created.

Each academy occupies a distinct building which houses the art studios next to general classrooms, administration spaces and teachers workrooms. Within the school places of identification are created which will help students to find their own, personal identity, while simultaneously offering the possibility of communication with the other fields through shared spaces such as science labs, social space, play space and performance space.

Add to this an outdoor pool, a basket ball court and a football field.

The library is deliberately placed in the center of the school courtyard and rises as a truncated, asymmetrical cone with an oculus towards the sky. Through its central location and dynamic but centralized form this “Space of Knowledge” collects and enhances the energies which revolve in and around it and reminds us that the focus of the efforts of education is to enrich the knowledge of our present and future society in search for new solutions.

The café across from the library receives daylight from giant skylight sculptures.

  • Site area: 9.8 acres/39.578 square meters
  • Floor area: 230,000 square feet/21.204 square meters
  • Scheduled opening: Fall 2008
  • Client: LAUSD, Los Angeles Unified School District
  • User: LAUSD District 4
  • Architects: Coop Himmelb(l)au, Wolf D. Prix, Helmut Swiczinsky + Wolfdieter Dreibholz
  • Project partner: Karolin Schmidbaur
  • Project architect: Ing-Tse Chen
  • Design architect: Karolin Schmidbaur, Dionicio Valdez
  • Project architect CA: Andrea Schöning
  • Project Team: Joshua Ashcroft, Jorge Avila, Jesper Bork, Benedikt Frass, Sergio Gonzalez, Bo Stjerne Hansen, Christoph A. Kumpusch, Neiel Norheim, Luis Palomares, Patricia Schneider, Craig Unterseher, Norio Watanabe
  • Executive architect: HMC Architects
  • General contractor: PCL Construction Services, Inc.
  • Structural engineering: Taylor and Gaines
  • HVAC: ACEA, Inc.
  • Electrical: Roshanian and Associates
  • Electrical Contractor: Howe Electric
  • Electrical Low Voltage: Telenet VoIP, Inc.
  • Acoustic: Martin Newson & Associates LLC.
  • Theater: JK Design Group
  • Food service: Mace Murphy Design Group
  • Pool: Rowley International, Inc.
  • Civil: A. C. Martin Partners
  • Landscape: Melendrez Design Partners, Los Angeles