LAUSD Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools Phase 2 (Ambassador Learning Center)

About the Project

The Ambassador Learning Center Phase 2 project for LAUSD included the renovation of the six-level middle/high school building, which accommodates 3,474 students. Covered plazas, lunch shelters and corridor areas were also included in this project. The schools include separate administration areas, a pool, an auditorium and separate gymnasium buildings, each complete with locker rooms and coaching/training facilities.


The project included a new library in the same location and the same floor plan replicated to match the original 1920s Embassy Ballroom’s fully arched and high-volume ceiling. At the entrance to the library is an art piece of the reconstruction of the hotel’s original Embassy Ballroom. It is a sequential piece consisting of video, photos, collage and dioramas that interpret the history of the site, hotel and school design.

Quick Facts

  • Location Los Angeles, California
  • Client Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Architect Gonzalez Goodale Architects
  • Industry Education
  • Line of Business Construction
  • Delivery Method Design-Bid-Build (Hard Bid)
  • Completion Date May 2010
  • Duration 29 months
  • Contract Value $ 324,874,346
  • Sustainability CHPS
  • Square Footage 550,000 SF



  • General Contractor Excellence Award – California Construction Expo
  • Excellence in Sustainability – California Construction Expo
  • Excellence in Partnering Awards – Associated General Contractors of California (AGC)
  • Electrical Excellence Award – NECA
  • Best Public Project – Los Angeles Business Journal
  • Best K-12 Education Project – ENR California
  • Assurance for Quality Construction – Southern California Union Trades
  • Q Award – Alliance for Quality Construction

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