LOS ANGELES-HGA Architects and Engineers has completed construction of the $44 million sciences complex at Los Angeles Harbor College. The 73,767-square-foot sustainable property is built to LEED platinum certification standards and has a net-zero energy plan.

The three-story complex is built on two steel-structured, L-shaped frames with two separate wings connected with a walking bridge. Architects additionally sourced building wood from sustainable forests. The complex will house the physical science and life science programs, featuring laboratories, 120-seat lecture halls, classrooms, administrative offices and a science court. “Our design incorporates rain water management, water usage reduction as well as significant energy self-generation from solar panels, among other methods. We believe it will become a model for a holistic approach to sustainability in the higher education world,” says James Matson, HGA principle.

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