HGA to Design $58 Million Student Success Center at East Los Angeles College
HGA Architects and Engineers has been awarded the contract to design a new, $58 million Student Success Center at East Los Angeles College, located in the L.A. suburb of Monterey Park. The project was won through a design-build competition and contains 130,000 SF. The complex is striving to achieve Net Zero Energy and is on target for LEED Gold certification. Slated for completion in summer 2014, the design will consolidate nine school departments into a flexible learning environment, encouraging collaborative student-faculty interaction while incorporating sustainable strategies.
The five-story structure will bring together the nine school departments that were previously dispersed throughout the campus. Included will be classrooms, offices, common areas and labs such as language, reading and writing.
"Today, good design must be inherently sustainable; the East L.A. College Student Success Center is an excellent example of that belief," said James Matson, HGA's principal-in-charge. "By utilizing the latest technology along with wind studies and day-lighting analysis, HGA's team has created an ideal sustainable learning environment to help bring together the school's diverse student body. Thus, our design has not only created an interactive learning environment, we are seeking Net Zero Energy, which underscores one of our firm's core beliefs of creating sustainable design."