SOURCE: SmithGroup


December 17, 2009 13:35 ET

Los Angeles City College Science and Technology Building Complete

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - December 17, 2009) - SmithGroup, one of the nation's leading architecture, engineering, interior design, and planning firms, announces the completion of a new 85,000 square foot, multi-departmental science and technology building for Los Angeles City College (LACC). Most recently, the sustainably designed facility played background to former U.S. President Bill Clinton and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom as they jointly spoke about the importance of education and its impact on future green jobs.

The LACC Science and Technology building is expected to qualify for the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED™ (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver rating and is part of the LACCD Builds Green program. The building's "healthy skin" exterior includes a terra cotta rain screen system and a SWISSPEARL® panel system. Each was chosen by the SmithGroup design team for their similar qualities, colors, and dimensions of the existing brick and concrete campus buildings. These innovations will result in energy savings for LACC, help inhibit vandalism, and promote a healthy, mold-free environment.

Additionally, roof-mounted solar panels will supply 10 percent of the building's energy needs. Advanced heating, ventilation, air condition system increases efficiency and air quality, while reducing energy use and maintenance costs of the building. Water efficient exterior landscaping includes a palette of native and drought tolerant plants combined with low-flow drip irrigation.

The new three-story building, which began construction in 2007, will house numerous departments including, nursing, dental technology, chemistry, geology, life science, biology and microbiology. With 25 classrooms, two lecture halls, 36 private offices and 30 open area workstations, each department will have room to grow. SmithGroup also designed a special area on the roof for observatories by LACC's astronomy department.

"Through green initiatives and innovative design elements we have created a facility that represents the future of the campus and its potential as a place of advanced learning," said Mark McVay, LEED AP, design principal for SmithGroup.

Located adjacent to a major subway station and main thoroughfare in Los Angeles, the new 85,000 square foot building acts as a new gateway to the campus by reshaping and redesigning the entrance to the college. A two-story lobby greets the public exiting from the subway station onto the campus and is detailed with terra cotta, a metal and glass.

"City College has been here for nearly 80 years and served as a training ground for GIs after World War II. Our campus was an educational innovator for the last half of the 20th century," said Dr. Jamillah Moore, LACC President. "With this new Science and Tech building we can firmly advance into the 21st century and train students for the jobs of today and tomorrow."

The $38 million facility, which was completed in conjunction with general contractor Sinanian Development Corporation headquartered in Tarzana, Calif. and college project manager Harris Associates, headquartered in Concord, Calif., is part of Los Angeles Community College District's (LACCD) $2.2 billion construction and modernization program at its nine college campuses. SmithGroup also completed the Technology Building at Los Angeles Harbor College, another LACCD project.

SmithGroup ranks as the 7th largest architecture and engineering firm in the U.S. (Building Design & Construction "Giants" survey, July 2009) and employs 800. The firm is composed of client industry-focused practices serving the higher education, healthcare, workplace, and science and technology markets. With 346 LEED Accredited Professionals and 42 LEED-certified projects, SmithGroup is a national leader in sustainable, environmentally intelligent design.

Established in 1853, SmithGroup is the longest continually operating architecture and engineering firm in the U.S. with offices in Ann Arbor, Mich.; Chicago; Dallas; Detroit; Los Angeles; Madison, Wis.; Minneapolis; Phoenix; Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; San Francisco; and Washington, D.C.

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