Los Angeles Unified School District
Bell Middle School

Bell, California

Size: 58,600 Square Feet

Construction Cost: Approx. $13M

Owner: Los Angeles Unified School District

Architect: HPI Architecture

MHP provided the structural design and coordination for Bell Elementary School which is a Type V building with wood framed bearing and shearwalls and prefabricated joists. This project was designed as a 900-student year-round campus on 5.2 acres.  The site provided street frontage on only one side forcing a combination of on-site and street drop off to separate kindergarten drop off from the older children.

A compact footprint consisting of a combination of single and double story buildings was developed to maximize available play yards, while respecting the residential scale of the neighborhood and desired “elementary school” image.

Design & calculations included overall structural design for new buildings and all mechanical, plumbing and electrical equipment support.

The Facility Includes:

  • 20 classrooms
  • Physical Therapy Facilities
  • Developmentally Handicapped Facilities
  • Administrative offices
  • Library
  • Multipurpose Assembly/Food Service Buildings