West LA College Science & Math Building Complex
LEED GOLD & DIVISION OF STATE ARCHITECT (DSA)
New construction of the Science & Math Building complex at West LA College serves as the college’s new instructional laboratory and classroom building. With a capacity for 1,600 students, the 88,000-SF complex is separated into three structures–two buildings and a planetarium. The main tower or the instructional research building includes classrooms and labs for physical sciences, life sciences, and mathematics, as well as lecture halls. The second building includes the dental hygiene department on its first floor and faculty offices on the second floor. Construction also included site improvements requiring tie-ins to campus utilities and infrastructure. This is a DSA project and attains a LEED Gold Rating.
The mechanical system is engineered to obtain 15 percent of its energy through photovoltaic panels adjacent to the structure. Additional sustainable elements include casework developed from wheat-board core material, recycled-content phenolic resin exterior panels, and a reduction of materials that affect the ecosystem.