Overview

Los Angeles Harbor College

Science Complex

Wilmington, California

Overview

The Science Complex offers optimal learning environments for the Physical Sciences, Life Sciences and Family & Consumer Studies programs while integrating sustainable design strategies that set new environmental benchmarks for the campus.

The 73,767-square-foot, L-shaped building includes a three-story wing housing state-of-the-art laboratories and a two-story wing housing interactive classrooms, offices, and student lounges. An outdoor classroom, open-air corridors and science courtyard blend indoor-outdoor spaces while a various-patterned façade reflects contextual and natural biological patterns to create a dynamic campus gateway.

sustainable design

The Science Complex integrates many sustainable strategies that place science on display, including building-integrated photovoltaic panels connected to the campus PV system, occupancy-sensor lighting, natural ventilation and daylight, energy-efficient windows, integrated building systems that respond to weather and daylight conditions, energy-recovery system that converts exhaust air into energy, and classroom monitors that track energy production/usage from the PVs.

The building achieves Net Zero Energy and LEED® Platinum. Key performance metrics include:

  • 55% less energy cost compared to baseline
  • 31% of energy provided by BIPV (remainder from central campus system)
  • 600,000 +/- pounds CO2 avoided from energy conservation
  • 2,000,000 +/- pounds CO2 offset by net zero energy (equal to approximately 166 cars annual emissions)
  • 64% less irrigation water usage
  • Zero potable water for irrigation
  • 54% less building water usage
  • 98.4% construction waste diversion
  • 42% recycled content (LEED minimum 10%)
  • 28% local materials (LEED minimum 10%)
  • 69% FSC certified wood (LEED minimum 50%)
  • $103,000 potential annual energy cost savings

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