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L.A. Harbor College Science Complex Video
James Matson, AIA, of HGA discussed five sustainable metrics of L.A. Harbor College Science Complex.
Los Angeles Harbor College
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.
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