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Los Angeles Harbor College

Northeast Academic Hall and Student Services and Administration Building

Built in 1949, the needs of this campus have grown from approximately 400 to 9,000 students. Accommodating this growth with temporary bungalows and very few building additions, the College needed a long term solution. Using increased density as a path to sustainability, the design of this campus consolidates programs into new buildings, reclaims land and usable green space. Constructed in 2009, these two new LEED® Gold certified buildings provide students with 104,000 SF of classrooms, conference rooms, offices, administrative and student related services. As the centerpiece of the new campus entry on “L” Street, these buildings transform the college’s image and academic experience. Sustainability is infused into the overall architectural design through smart envelope design including orientation, day lighting and shading strategies – then carried through energy efficient lighting and HVAC design as well as the selection of durable and environmentally preferable materials.

In order to meet projected growth needs, this institution needed to increase its 60.8 acres by over 18 acres. Consisting of buildings from the 1950’s and 1960’s eras, these predominantly 1-story undersized buildings had served well past their useful life, in need of structural and ADA upgrades, and provided uncomfortable environments with no mechanical systems. A campus-wide building and space utilization analysis resulted in a master plan that recommended increased density as a path to sustainability rather than campus expansion. The entire plan included the demolition of 301,000 GSF, the renovation of 11 buildings, the addition of 10 new buildings increasing building GSF by 155,750, increased parking by 625 parking spaces, and the reclamation of land and usable green space all within the existing 60 acres. Phase 1 of the master plan, completed in 2009, included the construction of two $38,200,000 buildings which consolidated several programs previously spread throughout the campus to form the new academic core. Building A, a 39,000SF administration building, includes the Admissions, Assessment Center, Information, and Counseling functions located on the first floor and administrative offices and services on the second floor. Building B, a 68,000SF classroom building, is a signature facility that is located at the prominent northeast corner of the campus providing a new campus entry. The building combines lecture and lab facilities, faculty offices and consolidates facilities for the Math, Communications, Social Science, and Behavioral Science departments.

This successful learning environment can be attributed to the use of passive strategies that created classroom space and informal collaborative areas that people desire to be in. Extensive daylight studies to bring natural light into the corridors, through clerestory windows and lightwells, provided valuable information that informed our design. By widening the corridors and bringing natural light in, this building was transformed into a social space that celebrates light, learning and social interaction.

Classrooms are arranged along the north and east facades as a means to minimize exposure to solar heat gain and provide enhanced ambient lighting. West facing classrooms are shaded with a series of 25’ tall vertical fins to maximize shading during summer months. Resource efficiency finds aesthetic expression in exposed structural elements such as columns, beams, metal decks, and concrete floors containing 15% flyash. The durable and easy to maintain polished concrete floors also act as thermal mass reducing the cooling load. Daylight sensors are installed in all public spaces to turn lights off when there is adequate natural lighting and occupancy sensors used in all classrooms and offices to turn off electric lights when the space is not in use.

The building is 36% more energy efficient than California Title 24 requirements. It saves 45% potable water use and treats its storm water runoff onsite. During construction the team diverted 96% of construction waste from the landfill and 47% of their building materials were sourced from regional manufacturers. The project exceeds the 20% threshold established by LEED for local and regional materials for major building materials.

Notable Accomplishments

  • LEED® Gold certified building
  • The building is 36% more energy efficient than California Title 24 requirements.

Award Credit

Executive Director
Los Angeles Community College District
Larry Eisenberg, Executive Director
515 S. Flower Street, 9th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017
KPFF Consulting Engineers
Ramzi Hodali, SE
6080 Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Landscape Architect
Ah'be Landscape Architects
Calvin Ahbe
8729 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
310-838-0448 x15
General Contractor
Mallcraft, Inc.
L.E. "Beth" Hansen, President
2225 North Windsor Ave.
Altadena, CA 91001
Civil Engineer
Plumbing & Electrical Engineer
IBE Consulting Engineers
Technology & AV Consultant
Vantage Technology Consulting Group
Lighting Designer
Lighting Design Alliance Inc
Cost Estimator
Cumming, LLC
Vertical Transportation Consultant
Lerch Bates Inc
Security Consultant
Signage Consultant
Davies Associates
Fire Protection Consultant
Schirmer Engineering
Paul Turang


Zorana Bosnic, RIBA, LEED AP
Vice President and the Sustainable Design Director
San Francisco, CA

Zorana Bosnic, RIBA, LEED AP is a Vice President and the Sustainable Design Director with HOK in San Francisco. Educated at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, she started her carrier in London, joined HOK in Hong Kong and then moved to San Francisco office in 1999. As a Senior Project Designer she worked on numerous projects in Europe, South East Asia, Middle East and West Coast USA. Her expertise includes projects in office, corporate commercial, campus design, and hospitality sector. She has a keen interest in sustainable design technologies applied to façade engineering, focusing on energy savings and daylight enhancement technologies. To ensure the practice maintains its expertise, Zorana combines her project design work at HOK with research and active participation in international sustainable organizations, as well as promotion of sustainable practices throughout the community. She brings her breadth of design leadership, technological knowledge and an international perspective to this key role at HOK.

Kevin deFreitas, AIA
Kevin deFreitas Architects
San Diego, CA

A native of San Diego, Kevin deFreitas is a licensed architect and developer who is extremely passionate about the quality of the built environment. Kevin deFreitas Architects, AIA was established in 1998 as a multi-disciplinary practice to expand beyond the traditional boundaries of design, allowing the firm to self-develop several experimental and innovative urban in-fill projects that otherwise would not have been achievable. Understanding architecture to be the art of listening to both the client and the site, and the craft of solving problems elegantly, the firm’s portfolio contains appropriate, creative, and sustainable designs. These range from institutions and retail, to private homes and interiors, and have been widely published and recognized for clearly expressing optimism, a meaningful connection to place, straight forward materiality, thoughtful sustainability, and a strong visual presence. Kevin’s collegiate studies began at the University of San Diego and culminated when he graduate cum laud with a Bachelor’s of Architecture from the University of Arizona in 1992. Along the way he studied at Cal Berkeley and Syracuse University’s study abroad program in Florence Italy. Kevin’s education continues; every project, and each client, presents new opportunities to learn and grow.

Randy Hanna, AIA
ARCHITECTS Hanna Gabriel Wells
San Diego, CA

A principal of ARCHITECTS hanna gabriel wells, Randy Hanna is active in community and his profession.

Mr. Hanna has over 24 years of architectural experience with a multitude of building types. He has been instrumental in the design of several College & University projects, Corporate Office Campuses, Institutional facilities and specialty projects ranging from grocery stores to rowing clubs. ARCHITECTS hanna gabriel wells are proven leaders in sustainable design– their projects reflecting deliberate efforts towards environmental responsibility. Of note, their own office was designated as San Diego’s first “Net Zero Energy” commercial building and received LEED Gold Certification. The firm has received numerous design awards for their work. Randy was instrumental in establishing the San Diego AIA Chapter Design Awards program and served as chair for three years. He also served for two years on the CCAIA Awards committee. His involvement with education continues through his involvement as a guest juror for Arizona State University, Woodbury University and the New School of Architecture in San Diego.

Dan Heinfeld, FAIA
LPA Inc.
San Diego, CA

President of LPA Inc., Dan Heinfeld has been the partner in charge of design since 1986 and is responsible for the overall design direction of the firm. During his tenure as President, LPA has been recognized with 118 AIA awards from national, state and component chapters with an unprecedented 33 years of continuous recognition from the AIAOC Chapter. Heinfeld has made sustainable design the focus of his career and the firm’s as well. A LEED accredited professional since 2001, Heinfeld has lectured to community groups and development organizations, which include California State Polytechnic University, Pomona; California State University, Fullerton; and the University of Arizona. His message revolves around the importance of sustainable design and its legacy on the condition of our physical environment. Through Heinfeld’s leadership, LPA has completed 12 LEED certified projects with another 12 in construction and 30 more in design/construction document –all in the state of California.

Brad Jacobson, AIA, EHDD
EHDD Architecture
San Francisco, CA

Brad Jacobson, LEED AP, AIA, currently leads some of EHDD’s high performance projects including a zero energy, LEED Platinum office building for the David & Lucile Packard Foundation and the carbon neutral Nevada State College Master Plan. He served as Project Architect on Carnegie Institution’s Global Ecology Research Center, an interdisciplinary research center at Stanford University that reduced carbon emissions from energy and materials by over 60% and was named a National AIA Top Ten Green Building in 2007. Brad was Project Manager on Stanford’s Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology, a 25,000 square-foot research facility featuring exceptional daylighting and an underfloor air distribution system, and completed a feasibility study, sponsored by Stanford University’s School of Engineering, for an innovative dormitory and research laboratory designed to test and demonstrate sustainable building methods and technologies. Brad received his Bachelors of Arts in Urban Studies from Stanford University and a Masters of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. He is co-founder of Bay Area Leadership in Sustainable Architecture, or BALSA, which brings together leading architects to accelerate progress towards a sustainable future. He taught a course entitled “Green Architecture” at Stanford University’s School of Engineering from 2003-2008.

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