Santa Ana Unified School District
Edward James Olmos School of Film and Cinematic Arts at Santa Ana High School
Santa Ana, California
15,000 square feet
Reclaiming Underutilized Space
for a Digital Media Hub
Santa Ana High School partners with the Edward James Olmos’ Youth Cinema Project. The program brings filmmaking professionals to schools to build students’ skills in screenwriting, editing, broadcasting, and special effects, giving them an edge in the multi-billion dollar industry.
In order to meet the needs of the program, the school transformed an underutilized library into a soundstage, computer suite, editing suite, digital broadcast studio, digital media lab, conference/office, audio lab, and research library.
Our design focused on cost-effective strategies for adaptive reuse including acoustical design such as room acoustics, sound isolation, and mechanical noise control. We also designed the studio lighting system, and the studio equipment, which included a lighting grid, drapes, and cyc.
We provided design input to create separation from the lobby and corridors to the film instruction room and edit rooms. We also evaluated the media center design against the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) criteria and provided recommendations that would simultaneously ensure compliance and meet the client’s needs.
We highlighted problematic flanking paths, creating the opportunity to reduce the potential spillover of sound between rooms, and we made recommendations to reduce the HVAC systems’ noise impact on audio recordings.