CASE STUDIES: JOINT USE
Edison School / Pacific Park Project
The City of Glendale, California, and the Glendale Unified School
District are collaborating on a joint development project known
as the Edison School/Pacific Park Project. The project will provide
a new elementary school, community center, library, and park expansion
for residents in Glendale. Siegel Diamond Architecture, in association
with M.I.G. Landscape Architects, was retained to develop the
This project is a groundbreaking example of shared use concepts.
Through a detailed programming effort involving community members,
City and School District staff, and elected officials, key components
of the facility were identified which could be shared between
the elementary school and the City. The shared-use facilities
- Multi-purpose Cafeteria and Gymnasium
- Art, Science, and Computer Classrooms
- Library combining functions of both a city branch and school
- Hardscaped & grass playing field
- Parking facilities
In a detailed agreement worked out between the City and School
District, the elementary school has exclusive use of the joint-use
facilities during all school hours, while the community has use
of the same facilities after school and on weekends. All joint-use
facilities are accessible from either the school grounds, or the
community center/library/park, and have two entrances--one for
the school and one for the community.
The facilities will be used seven days a week from 6:00 a.m.
when the free school breakfast program starts until 10:00 p.m.
when the lights go out on the softball and soccer fields in the
The project will cost $17.9 million, and is estimated to be completed
by 2002. Fiscal benefits of joint-use include reduced initial
construction, land, and operational costs. It is estimated that
the joint-use strategy saves each agency approximately $5 million
compared to costs incurred if they had built a stand-alone facility
on separate sites.
The shared-use facility concept also significantly reduces the
need for land acquisition, demolition of affordable housing, and
relocation of existing tenants, through the efficient use of dense
This project will benefit children, teenagers, adults, and seniors.
Consequently, City and School Officials believe that the Edison
School/Pacific Park project will serve as a true multifunctional
center for the entire community.