Los Angeles Community College District LACCD
Quatro Design Group
The new 100,000-sf educational facility consists of two separate three-story buildings acting as one integrated building with a courtyard between them. The building complex contains multi-purpose classrooms, a lecture auditorium, life and science laboratories, offices, conference rooms, and other related spaces. There is also a one-story central plant structure of approximately 10,000-sf that serves the building. The structural design considered the close proximity to the Aquilst-Priolo Earthquake Fault Zone located just south of the building. The location of the building is immediately adjacent to the recommended fault setback zone and resulted in a site specific Short Period Design Spectral Acceleration (SDS) of 2.0. The courtyard features a tall canopy structure spanning over the roof of the two buildings. The canopy provides shade for the courtyard as well as support approximately 16,000 square feet of photovoltaic panels. A new parking lot on grade with photovoltaic panel car ports was also built adjacent to the new facility. The project was designed using sustainable construction practices to meet LEED Platinum Certification. Other sustainable design features include natural daylighting studies and a rain screen exterior wall system. The project was completed in the Fall of 2012 with a construction cost of $70 million.