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July 20, 2022updated 27 Jul 2022 5:07pm

Suffolk breaks ground on new school facility in California

Designed by NBBJ, the Westmark Lower School will be built using raw elements and sustainable resources.

Real estate enterprise Suffolk has broken ground on a school building for Westmark School in Encino neighbourhood of San Fernando Valley, California, US.

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The Westmark School focuses on offering a specialised approach for students with language-based learning issues, including dyslexia.

The elementary school building, designed by NBBJ, is expected to be ready in August next year.

A 25,000ft₂, ground-up build of an educational facility, Westmark Lower School will feature ten classrooms, a play area, a theatre space and a central courtyard.

The project will feature raw elements and sustainable resources in its design, including formed concrete, exposed lumber panels and tropical hardwood lumber decking.

Further, the new structure will use a cross-laminated timber (CLT) system to give the building strength, dimensional stability and rigidity.

This technique, wherein lumber boards are layered and stacked into a crosswise pattern, is mostly used in mid to high-rise structures.

Suffolk Los Angeles general manager Ken Summers said, “Our project team is working diligently to ensure this facility combines innovative construction practices with the eco-friendliness of raw materials to develop an enriching space for local youth to learn and grow.

“At Suffolk, we are well-equipped to navigate the changing needs of the education system, helping build, renovate and upgrade facilities that will be here to support students and faculty for years to come.”

Recently, Suffolk delivered a one-storey Child Development Academic Facility at Pierce College to support the Los Angeles Community College District.

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