East Los Angeles College (ELAC) has completed work on a $55-million expansion of its campus in Monterey Park.

The Arts and Humanities Building, designed by the architecture and engineering firm HGA, consists of a five-story structure featuring classrooms, offices, and language learning labs.  It is divided into two separate wings by an open-air courtyard which also serves as a main entrance and vertical circulation point. 

Located near the heart of the ELAC campus, the building incorporates a exterior plaza at the front of the building which weaves into a central quad.  The plaza is lined with drought-friendly landscaping, providing a connection to the nature in the midst of a predominantly hardscape environment.

The project, which has achieved LEED Gold certification, is equipped with numerous green features including solar shading, water-efficient landscaping and natural ventilation.

Image: HGA
Image: HGA

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Multifamily residential development located on the outskirts of Westwood and Century City.

A new multifamily residential development is now rising on the outskirts of Westwood and Century City.  The project, located at 10534 W. Santa Monica Boulevard, consists of a five-story building that will feature 37 apartments - including three very-low-income units - above three levels of basement parking for 45 vehicles.