Monday, August 26, 2013

LA Trade Tech's New Construction Technology Building

LATTC's Construction Technology Building.  Image from HMC Architects.

Since I was summoned to the Hill Street Courthouse this morning for an exciting day of jury duty, I decided to use part of my lunch break to showcase some of the construction activity in the neighborhood.

As you can probably guess from the title of this entry, LA Trade Tech's Construction Technology Building is first on my list.  Designed by HMC Architects, the Construction Technology Building will be the largest facility on LATTC's campus, totaling 139,000 square feet.  Standing three stories, it is set to achieve LEED Gold certification.

A bird's eye view of the Construction Technology Building.  Solar panels line the rooftop, helping the building reach LEED Gold certification.

The Construction Technology Building on the right hand side works in architectural harmony with the existing Johnson Favaro designed buildings on the left hand side.  Red brick seems to be a prevailing theme here.  However, HMC's product does not have the same undulating facade as the Administration and Technology Classroom Buildings.

The Construction Technology Building, this time viewed from the southwest.

Completion of the Construction Technology Building is expected in Winter of 2015 based on a sign posted on-site.  However, it's difficult to say whether or not that timeline remains accurate since this is the current state of construction activity:

Besides a few trailers and maybe some preliminary grading, no signs of work thus far.

On the bright side, LATTC broke ground on the adjacent parking garage back in October 2012.  At least that part of the expansion has visible signs of life.

LATTC's new parking garage at 23rd and Grand.

Of course, it's not just educational institutions riding the wave of construction here.  Private investors are also getting in on the action.  For example, riders of the Expo Line have undoubtedly noticed the rise of Geoffrey Palmer's 913 apartment fortress next to the 23rd Street Station.

G.H. Palmer's "The Lorenzo."

On the other side of the LATTC campus, a six floor development consisting of retail, office and residential space is set to rise 233 W. Washington Blvd.

233 W Washington Blvd.  Goodbye Happy Meals...Hello mixed use development?

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