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Westside Jewish Community Center


Lehrer Architects received the commission to renovate this historic structure on Los Angeles’ Westside, which has been the home of the Westside Jewish Community Center for nearly fifty years. The community has long relied on the facility for recreational and educational needs, but has grown beyond the capabilities of the original building; old functions and paths of circulation have fallen into disuse. Nevertheless, Lehrer Architects found the existing complex to have “good bones”.

Striving to incorporate the significant strengths of this community staple into the new scheme, Lehrer Architects conducted extensive public workshops and historical studies. The ensuing master plan will update and energize the buildings and the community, giving new life for the 21st century. With health club, swimming pool, early childhood center, senior day care, performing arts center, playgrounds and on-site parking, Lehrer Architects’ full array of services will continue after completion of the current pre-design phase.


Los Angeles, CA


Jewish Community Center Association

Cost & Scope

$20 million; 70,000 sq. ft. existing, 10,000 sq. ft. new

Key Personnel

John Labib, John Labib & Associates – Structural Engineer
Nachi Madhavan, Jones & Madhavan – Swimming Pool Engineer
Dr. Peter Gevorkian, Vector Delta Design Group – Electrical Engineer
George Hovagulmain, Airplus Engineering Consultants, LLC. – MP Engineer
Neal Berliner, Geocon Consultants, Inc. – Soils Engineer
Annemarie Storrs, ANC Specification Consultants – ANC Specification Consultants
Steve Wallock, Freeman Group, Inc. – Project Manager
Rob Wagner, Del Amo Construction – General Contractor