“. . . innovative spaces for sustainability . . . important to tell story of sustainability to next generation of leaders . . . is important . . . bold step forward . . .”
Covered open gathering spaces and exterior corridors replaced the typical double-story lobby and put students and faculty to the forefront. The building is a three-story backdrop and stage for students using this gateway into campus. One major outcome was the importance of informal gathering and learning spaces, particularly since this student demographic is in dire need for spaces to spend productive time away from home. A highly prescriptive and aesthetically-driven campus material design standard resulted in highly sustainable material solutions.
“The complex promotes student engagement through flexible interactive indoor-outdoor classrooms and spaces. The visual message is clear: learning is active,” says Otto W.K. Lee, President, Los Angeles Harbor College. “We wanted students to get excited about science and draw them into the sciences. It is a valuable addition to our campus,” he adds.
HGA Architects and Engineers; also Pinner Construction; Saiful/Bouquet; JMC2; Fundament & Associates; FBA Engineering; Hunt Design; BlueGreen Consulting; Veneklasen; Jacobs Consultancy; Aon Fire Protection Engineering Corp; Finish Hardware Technology