Big, green and artsy–East Los Angeles College‘s (ELAC’s) new $65-million Performing & Fine Arts Complex is, to date, the second-largest project in the Los Angeles Community College District’s Sustainable Construction Program, which bills itself as one of the nation’s largest green construction efforts.
ELAC’s new Performing & Fine Arts Complex is composed of the college’s Vincent Price Art Museum; the dance, music and visual arts building; and the theatre arts building, totalling 160,000 square feet. It sits in the heart of East Los Angeles‘ arts community.
The Vincent Price Art Museum is a four-story building that houses the Thomas Silliman Vault, as well as a space equipped with custom-designed units and a heating, ventilation and air conditioning system designed for safe art storage. The two-story dance, music and visual arts building includes a 350-fixed-seat recital hall for music and dance performances, as well as several studios for class instruction.The two-story theater arts building contains two theaters.
Green features include a water-smart drip irrigation system for landscpaing; low-flow bathroom fixtures; low-VOC paints, finishes and adhesives; re-use of construction debris; recycled content materials; and a reflective roof system that reduces the heat island effect and maximizes energy savings.