Student Services Building
$23.2 million project is home to variety of student services and programs; serves as new entryway to campus
October 23, 2009 (WOODLAND HILLS, California) - More than 100 guests were on hand to join Pierce College staff and faculty, as well as officials from the Los Angeles Community College District, as the college dedicated its new Student Services Building - the new entryway to the campus in Woodland Hills.
Located on the college's Pedestrian Mall, the $23.2 million, three-story mission-style building will centralize Pierce's student services departments and be the hub for all student needs on campus. The 48,296-square-foot Student Services Building is one of the college's first projects to be completed "from the ground up" as part of its $290 million transformation through the voter-approved Sustainable Building Program.
"In my usual role as vice president of Student Services, I know, firsthand, the impact this building will have on Pierce College students," said Dr. Joy McCaslin, interim president. "This building is centered at the front of the campus to provide a strong welcome to students and meet their needs in an organized and efficient way."
The first of three projects scheduled to be completed during the 2009-2010 school year, the Student Services Building houses the following:
Admissions and Records
Vice President, Student Services
Dean, Student Services
"This building will help give Pierce students a quality learning environment where they can have access to all the people and services they need to be successful," said Mona Field, president, LACCD Board of Trustees. "This is the culmination of a truly collaborative process, and the entire Board of Trustees is grateful to everyone who helped make this a reality."
Designed by Widom Wein Cohen O'Leary Terasawa and built by AKG Construction, Inc., the project is a steel frame structure with concrete shear walls, dual glazed windows, stucco exterior and clay roof tiles. Ceramic tile accents were used throughout the building.
The project also was built to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building standards.
The Student Services Building is designed and insulated to exceed California Code of Regulation, Title 24 energy requirements. Exterior circulation minimizes the enclosed building area, eliminating the need for additional heating, ventilating and air conditioning. It is cooled by the Campus Central Plant and has a Building Automation System monitored by Campus Facilities Maintenance. It also has energy efficient lighting systems and other energy saving features.
To conserve water, climate-appropriate native and non-native species have been planted to demonstrate a commitment to sustainable landscaping.
About Pierce College
Founded in 1947, Pierce is a comprehensive college with almost 100 disciplines being taught to more than 23,000 students each semester. It is one of the nine colleges of the Los Angeles Community College District and is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, a nationally recognized accrediting agency. Located on 426 acres in the western San Fernando Valley, nestled next to the thriving business district of Warner Center, Pierce College combines state-of-the-art technology and learning with the picturesque beauty of its rolling hills. The campus' setting among 2,200 trees, thousands of rose bushes, a nature preserve, botanical garden and a forest area makes it unique in the Los Angeles metropolitan area.
About the LACCD Sustainable Building Program
With more than $6 billion in bond funding to modernize its nine colleges, the LACCD's Sustainable Building Program is one of the nation's largest green construction efforts. For more information on the LACCD's construction program and a list of awards the District has received for its environmentally responsible projects, visit www.LACCDBuildsGreen.org.