Studio W Architects’ master plan for the Chula Vista High School campus in San Diego County masterfully weaves the classicism of their Greek Spartan mascot into a contemporary interpretation of the Classical Greek orders. The Performing Arts Center and Library buildings creatively reflect on the past while projecting into the future for the next generations of students to attend Chula Vista High School.

The 750-seat Performing Arts Center establishes a sense of modern elegance while addressing functional issues such as maintenance and durability, all within a sustainable context. The building design combines concrete masonry units with glass curtain walls to create a dynamic tension between the solid and the transparent building forms that house the different functions. The use of pilasters, lintels and cornices reference Greek neo-classical architecture, paying homage to the Spartan mascot.

To help overcome the challenge of a tight budget, Studio W spearheaded the process of securing $3.3 million in Career Technical Education and High Performance Initiative grants for the Performing Arts Center.

The Grecian-inspired Library is equipped with a technology center and quiet study area for students. High-density moving storage units were installed to allow for an increased number of textbooks and resource materials available to students.

The project also included a new multipurpose building and alterations to the gymnasium and remodeled athletic facilities. Significant upgrades were made to the gymnasium, grandstand, boys’ and girls’ locker rooms and the weight room.


Sweetwater Union High School District


70,750 SF


$19.4 million


Completed 2011

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