L.A. Harbor Science Complex wins Sustainable Project of the Year

11.11.16

Los Angeles Harbor College Science Complex, designed by HGA Architects and Engineers, has won the Project of the Year Award in the 6th Annual Sustainable Innovation Awards, sponsored by the U.S. Green Building Council-L.A. Chapter.

The LEED® Platinum Science Complex also won the Energy & Atmosphere Honor and the Innovation in Design Merit in the annual awards program.

Housing the physical sciences and life sciences departments, the Science Complex integrates numerous sustainable strategies to achieve net zero energy, including building-integrated photovoltaic panels (BIPV) connected to the campus PV systems, occupancy-sensor lighting, natural ventilation, abundant daylight, integrated building systems that respond to weather conditions, energy-recovery system, exterior corridors and outdoors classrooms that lessen energy loads, and classroom monitors that track energy production/usage.

The jurors praised the Science Complex for its technological innovations that put science on display.

"This ambitious project made renewable energy and energy demand feedback a major feature of the design and achieved remarkable savings for an intensive laboratory complex," they noted.

Considered Los Angeles’s “Oscars” of green buildings, the awards reflect the Chapter’s emphasis on energy and water savings, air quality, good design, and community engagement.