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Learning Center Project

For more than 50 years, Mirman School has provided an exceptional educational experience for highly gifted students aged 5 through 14. In order to maintain the continuity of its mission, and building on a successful campus expansion, the school's leadership has begun construction on the next iteration of Mirman School. 

In order to provide the most contemporary learning spaces serving the school’s unique learners, The Learning Center will add an additional 16,000 SF of education space to the school's existing 5.5 acre footprint on Mulholland Drive. The new building will be comprised of five new classrooms, a state-of-the-art STEAM laboratory, and an arts pavilion, which will feature a visual and performing arts studio. 

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  • Project Updates

    Week of June 6
    • Site grading operations will continue as required on the site outside of the building pads at the building perimeters.
    • Monitoring of grading activities will continue as necessary by the Geotechnical, Environmental, and Tribal Monitoring consultants as we transition to excavation for foundations.
    • Beginning Friday, June 10, the demolition of the south basketball court and asphalt paving will begin by first extending the fence line to include this area of work. The demo and removal at this location is necessary to route and continue the site utilities stubbed out within the fire road to the new buildings. 
     Week of June 13 and June 20
    • Demo and removal of paving at the basketball court will continue and the rear gate access will be closed and restricted to construction personnel only.
    • Starting Tuesday, June 14, the excavation and trenching for the electrical duct bank service will begin for the learning center building at the back entrance.
    • Drilling for foundation piles, setting the pile rebar cages, and pouring he concrete pile foundations for the Learning Center building is all anticipated to start the week of June 13. 
    • The concrete subcontractor will also be mobilized to start pre-construction coordination for underground utilities installation.
    • The week of June 13 will also mark the beginning of our new security pavilion scope within the front parking lot of the Mirman campus.
      • Perimeter fencing will be set up in the front lot to accomplish this work (see the attached plan for reference).
      • The front parking lot will be closed off and faculty and staff will be required to park in the frontage lot or the large parking lot.
      • Access to the campus will only be through the front gate or the side gate near the Operations Office for all employees. 
      • The back gate will be closed off for learning center activities.
      • The existing security booth is likely to be removed and/or relocated at this time, and the hardscape demolition will proceed  Tuesday, June 14 through Thursday, June 16 in an effort to schedule the new concrete curbs and pavilion foundations the week of June 20.  
  • FAQs

    How will the new buildings affect student enrollment? 
    Five new classrooms will give us the ability to add an additional section to each of our Lower School grades, expanding enrollment from 330 to 430, and lowering class size in this division. Upper School students will benefit from the addition of the new STEAM laboratory, and visual and performing art spaces in the Arts Pavilion.

    How will students be impacted by construction?
    Campus compression during major construction projects is unavoidable. We will do our best of course to minimize the inconvenience of construction on students and their families. Safety will be of paramount importance. The project includes mitigation measures to help address the usual by-products of construction including dust, debris, and noise. There will be construction barriers in place and re-routing of existing paths of travel around construction areas. We will communicate with the community in advance when we anticipate any construction related issues.

    Will the school work with neighbors to ensure that the surrounding community is not negatively impacted?
    Mirman School has been a proud member of the educational community and the Mulholland Drive neighborhood for more than five decades, and places tremendous value on the relationships and collaborations nurtured over the years. The school intends to honor these connections throughout the development phase of the project, and will work together with area stakeholders to achieve the best outcome for the community and for students.

    When will construction begin?
    Site preparation began on May 4, 2022. Construction will begin after our ceremonial groundbreaking on Wednesday, June 1, 2022. 

    How long will it take to construct the new buildings?
    We estimate construction will take approximately 15 months and anticipate completion by August 2023. 

    What will Mirman look like after the project is complete?
    The new centrally located building will serve as the heart of the campus. We have worked extensively with our architectural firm, Johnson Favaro, to ensure that the new building and surrounding spaces will both unify the look and feel of the campus as well as gracefully blend into our Santa Monica Mountains landscape. Please visit mirman.org/next to view actual renderings of the buildings. 

    How will you attract qualified teachers for the additional classrooms?
    Mirman is proud to attract and retain top quality educators by offering competitive salaries, professional in-service, continuing educational opportunities, and most importantly, a highly gifted, eager-to-learn student body. We believe that enhancements to the school’s physical campus will make the school even more appealing to the most inspiring, creative, and qualified teachers in the country.

Conceptual Renderings of Potential Plans

Contact Us

For any questions related to the Learning Center Project, you may contact us by phone at 310-694-5926, via email at construction@mirman.org, or by filling out the form below. 

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