Big Green Arts Complex Comes To Los Angeles

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.

Vincent Price Art Museum

image via East Los Angeles College

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.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

    • Hey,nice post.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.