Math and Science
Arithmetic isn’t the only thing
happening in the new Math and
Science building at West L.A. College.
Architecture firm HOK, Inc., designed
this green building, which generates
much of its power from rooftop solar
panels. The orientation of the two
primary buildings was set to maximize
day lighting and minimize heat gain.
The Math and Science building is on
track to meet LEED Silver certification.
Performing and Fine Arts Center
The arts community at and around
East Los Angeles College is thrilled
about the upcoming Performing and
Fine Arts Center.
LACCD recruited international architecture firm Arquitectonica to design
the center. Its unconventional design
resembles three large pieces of stone
being pushed out of the ground.
The complex consists of three multi-level buildings: the Vincent Price Art
Gallery, a recital hall, and a theater.
The museum, named after the late
Hollywood actor, is the project’s centerpiece. Among the 8,000 items to be
displayed in the gallery will be 2,000
donated pieces from Price’s art collection.
Creative expression will be inspired
here. The facility has space for painting, sculpture, printmaking, dance, and
ceramics/sculpture. The building also
features drawing studios, music classrooms, choir and music libraries, music
computer labs, and rehearsal space. The
theater building has a drama theater,
an experimental black-box theater, a
costume workshop, and rehearsal space.
The Performing and Fine Arts
Center is LACCD’s largest project and
is expected to achieve LEED Gold
Design’s Impact on Students
New buildings districtwide have had
a positive impact on students, who
linger around campus longer and have
expressed enthusiasm about the
“There is a sense of pride. Now, we
have so many students asking how they
can be a part of the school. We didn’t
have that before. It’s something that’s
going to bring a lot of happiness to a lot
of people,” says Muñoz of Trade-Tech.
Cutting-edge design has done more
than modernize our colleges. Students
and faculty share the benefits of new
facilities that integrate high-tech laboratories and smart classrooms, energy-efficient equipment, and green features.
Where LACCD once lacked curb appeal,
today our nine colleges are bustling
with some of the finest contemporary
architecture and green technology. And,
as Muñoz says, this brings happiness to
many of the thousands of people who
study and work on our campuses.
For more information on the
district’s building designs, visit the
LACCD Web site at www.laccdbuilds
Daniel laVista is chancellor of the
Los Angeles Community College District.
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