$44 Million HGA-Designed Sciences Complex at Los Angeles Harbor College Completed


Construction is complete on the highly-sustainable $44 million Los Angeles Harbor College Sciences Complex, designed by HGA Architects & Engineers, that may revolutionize the way green structures are built at higher education facilities. Targeted for LEED® Platinum certification, this innovative design includes a comprehensive net-zero energy plan. The three-story, 73,767-square-foot complex, which is located in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Wilmington, houses the physical science and life science programs for the college. The new building recently opened to students for fall 2013 classes.  

"This complex was specifically designed and sited on the location to achieve net zero energy with both PV on the building and campus PV systems," said James Matson, AIA, principal at HGA. "Our design incorporates rain water management, water usage reduction as well as significant energy self-generation from solar panels, among other methods. We believe it will become a model for a holistic approach to sustainability in the higher education world."

The complex consists of two L-shaped, steel-frame structures: a three-story east wing housing laboratories and a two-story west wing with lecture halls, classrooms and offices. Both wings are connected via bridges over a walkway. The structures also include four 120-seat lecture halls, administrative offices, an outdoor classroom and a science court.