Construction Begins on $55 Million HGA-Designed Student Success Center at East Los Angeles College


Construction has begun on the HGA Architects and Engineers-designed Student Success and Retention Center at East Los Angeles College. Part of the campus' ongoing initiative to build state-of-the-art, sustainable structures, the $55 million, 136,000-square-foot complex will consolidate various once-dispersed departments to create learning environments for the diverse student body. HGA's project scope includes planning, design, interior design and sustainability, and is slated for completion in late 2014. The facility is designed to achieve LEED® Gold certification, and has a future plan for Net Zero Energy - a design principle where buildings produce as much energy on-site as they consume.

Part of a design-build competition, the five-story structure lies on a dense urban campus and will consolidate nine departments into flexible learning environments, including classrooms, offices, common areas and success center labs such as languages, reading and writing. Adaptable classrooms allow re-arrangement of furniture configurations for different learning options, thus encouraging collaborative student-faculty interaction.