Martha Escutia (Corona) Primary Center

Martha Escutia (Corona) Primary Center

One of seven schools and a park recreation center developed for the Los Angeles Unified School District as part of its plan to reduce overcrowding in area schools, Corona Primary Center was designed by Berman, Bertolini & Cestarte.

This 35,202 square-foot school is located on approximately 1.9 acres in the City of Bell and serves 400 students and relieves overcrowding at Corona Elementary School.  Features include full-day kindergarten, 16 classrooms, multipurpose room and playground facilities.  The facility is one building which combines the traditional stand-alone multipurpose building with the 2-story classroom building having underground parking.  Crisp building lines provide stately exterior elevations that project well-defined dimensional effects.  The use of eyebrow exterior window treatment serves aesthetic and energy conservation purposes.

Developed under the Education Code 17406 Lease/Leaseback program, Garfield’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.

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

The Developer’s experience and expertise ensured ultimate success of this highly visible and important project in LAUSD’s building program.  They did a superb job.

— Jim Cowell, Deputy, Chief Facilities Executive, Los Angeles Unified School District (2004 – 2007)