Tarbut V’Torah is an existing K-12 community day school in Orange County and has worked with LPA for nearly 20 years. The new 20,000-square-foot, two-story STEAM—science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics—building seeks to create a true home for upper grade students. It completes the high school campus experience by providing high school students ownership of outdoor gathering space and flexible learning environments that allow for hands-on, project-based learning indoors and out.

The building acts as a beacon, speaking to the school community’s values—repairing the earth through sustainable, integrated design and innovation. The design allows for expansive views of its scenic Southern California community. The building is comprised of engineering, makerspaces, visual arts and science labs, and blends the arts into engineering and science creating a collision-rich, collaborative process and capitalizing on shared resources. The integration of arts to the hands-on engineering and maker spaces is a direct response of research that shows these programs increase deeper understanding and promote innovative thinking. The think tank acts as the hub of these lab spaces, allowing for small group discussions and presentations in a focused setting.

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