Ingrid B. Lacy Middle School

Ingrid B. Lacy Middle School

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New Middle School Campus

Pacifica School District
Pacifica, Calif.

  • Completion Date: March 2003
  • Square Footage: 47,770 (New Construction)
  • Final Project Cost: $16.1M

The coastal community of Pacifica set out on an ambitious course to improve their seven campuses and actively participated in a master planning process that led to a $65 million, six-year project. Among other recommendations, the plan established the need to demolish an existing campus – suffering from coastal erosion – and construct a new campus: the Ingrid B. Lacy Middle School.

The special social and academic needs of a middle school were addressed by organizing classrooms and science labs into three independent clusters around a connecting central courtyard. This supports the school’s educational program by reducing the scale of the campus into three 250-student units anchored by the large gathering spaces of the library/media center, gymnasium and multi-purpose room.


2004 Award of Excellence, Leroy F. Greene Design + Planning Award | Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH) & American Institute of Architects/California Council (AIACC)


  • Middle School
  • New Construction
  • New Campus
  • Classrooms
  • Library
  • Gymnasium
  • Multipurpose Room
  • Stage


They don’t just design the outside of schools, they foster the ‘inside’, the living and learning aspects. Dr. Michele Garside, Former Superintendent, PSD