Gertz-Ressler High School & Richard Merkin Middle School: Alliance2017-11-08T15:49:47-07:00

Project Description

Alliance Gertz-Ressler High School & Richard Merkin Middle School

2006 Project

Project Overview

This project is a unique partnership with the Alliance as the property owner and PCSD as the developer and one of several equity investors.

This site is an adaptive re-use of a former public storage facility that had been vacant for over a year. The 64,394 square-foot facility sits on 1.35 acres of land and consists of two tilt-up concrete structures built in 1985.

The campus is known as the Frank E. Baxter Educational Complex. The north building houses a middle school for 375 students, and the south building houses a high school for 500 students. The middle school has 15 classrooms and the high school has 21 classrooms. Both schools share an open courtyard, gymnasium, library, multi-purpose classroom, and dedicated specialty classrooms for science instruction.

Through a technical aid grant from Global Green USA (, many of the materials used in the buildings are resource-efficient and ecologically friendly. The property also has drought-resistant landscaping and on-site and off-site parking. While the site itself is not historically significant, it lies within a municipal historical preservation overlay zone, and is located in the heart of an active and ethnically diverse urban residential neighborhood.

These new seats relieve overcrowding at Foshay Learning Center and Manual Arts High School. The total project cost $13.5 million, and the project was completed and occupied in Fall 2006.

2008-2009 API: 778

2009-2010 API: 827

2010-2011 API: 851

Project Details


Middle & High School


2023 S. Union Avenue


Pico-Union area, just west of downtown LA


Fall 2006