Hundreds take part in ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate more than 100,000 square feet of new education, student and office space
A crowd of several hundred people – made up of elected officials, local leaders and the community – joined Los Angeles Harbor College faculty and staff, as well as representatives from the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD), as they celebrated the grand openings of the College’s two newest buildings: the Northeast Academic Hall and the Student Services and Administration Building. The buildings, which represent more than 100,000 square feet of new facilities, feature numerous sustainable design elements and are the latest milestone in the College’s ongoing construction and improvement program.
The $22.3 million Northeast Academic Hall provides 65,563 square feet of general classroom space and faculty offices to the College. The $15.9 million Student Services and Administration Building provides students with 38,746 square feet of administrative and student-related services, including admissions, records and transcripts. The Student Services and Administration Building will also serve to help set the tone for the campus, as it is the first building students and prospective students will visit to get information about Harbor College.
“The grand opening of these two buildings represents a significant step for Harbor College and for the District’s sustainable construction program,” said Nancy Pearlman, LACCD Board of Trustees. “These buildings directly benefit the students and the College’s faculty, demonstrating, once again, how the District is building ‘green’ the right way.”
The two buildings were designed and built to achieve a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED™) Gold rating through the incorporation of energy-efficient design and other sustainable strategies, including: daylighting, solar control, energy-efficient lighting systems, water conserving fixtures – including waterless urinals – and environmentally preferable materials. Since the buildings are 36 percent more energy efficient than Title 24 requirements, the District is also eligible to receive a cash incentive through the DWP Incentive Program.
The construction process also included the use of several materials with recycled content and the project diverted 96 percent of the construction and demolition waste from landfill to recycling.
“The LACCD is dedicated to its vision of being a leader in the development of ‘green’ campuses,” said Assemblymember Warren Furutani. “We are now watching that vision become a reality at Harbor College and on campuses throughout the District. In what are considered some of the toughest economic times in our history, it is fulfilling to see a true success story.”
Studies have shown that green buildings benefit not only the environment, but also benefit its occupants (students, faculty and staff), as well as the local community. Findings reveal that buildings with good environmental quality can reduce the rate of respiratory diseases, allergies and asthma in the building, in addition to enhancing occupants’ overall performance.
In the near future, energy use for the Northeast Academic Hall and the Student Services and Administration Building will be offset, in part, by Harbor College’s solar farm, which is currently under construction. Once complete in December 2009, the new solar farm is expected to generate 2.2 megawatts of energy for the College.
“We are excited about the positive changes happening at Harbor College,” said Dr. Linda Spink, president, “and we look forward to sharing our transformation with our students and the community.”
About Los Angeles Harbor College
From its beginning 60 years ago, in September of 1949, Los Angeles Harbor College has grown from a technically-oriented college into a comprehensive institution of higher learning with a broad spectrum of transfer, vocational, and community services programs. Today, the nearly 10,000 students that enroll each semester in credit courses reflect the diverse ethnic composition of the communities served by the college. One of nine two-year public community colleges comprising the Los Angeles Community College District, Harbor College prides itself on being the college of choice for the nearly 400,000 residents of Carson, Harbor City, Gardena, Lomita, San Pedro, Wilmington, and the Palos Verdes Peninsula. For more information on the College, please visit www.lahc.edu.
About the Los Angeles Community College District
With more than $5.7 billion in bond funding to renovate, modernize and improve all nine of its colleges, the LACCD is currently one of the largest public sector green building efforts in the United States. For more information on this and other sustainable projects being built or for a list of awards the District has received, visit www.LACCDBuildsGreen.org.