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CONTACT: Bruce Smith
Public Information Officer
(310) 434-4209
DATE: November 14, 2005


Santa Monica College’s Library Expansion & Modernization Project and its Science Complex have both won prestigious statewide awards from the Community College Facility Coalition. Both projects were designed by CO Architects of Los Angeles, formerly Anshen + Allen.

The Library project won the Award of Honor in the Modernization Project category and the Science Complex won the Award of Honor in the Growth Project category.

The coalition is made up of representatives of California community colleges, architects, engineers and contractors. The 2005 awards were presented for the best in design for California community college projects.

The $23.6 million Library Modernization and Expansion project – which was completed in August 2003 – nearly doubled the size of the facility to 96,500-square feet and provided widespread Internet access. In addition, the project included seismic retrofitting and a redesign of the exterior, with landscaping, benches, lighting and more.

With three stories divided into five levels, the Library features plentiful skylights and atriums, giving the structure an open and airy feel. The centerpiece is an elliptical wood-paneled “building-within-a-building,” flanked at the north end by a dramatic three-story glass elevator tower.

The $30 million state-of-the art Science Complex – which opened in August 1999 – is a 98,000-square-foot facility made up of two buildings separated by a courtyard but connected at the second floor. The gray-green-white building has many environmentally sensitive features, as well as modern labs and classrooms.

The complex includes two 100-seat lecture halls, including built-ins such as infrared assisted-listening devices and computerized control modules for the professor to display DVDs, CDs, and other media; labs ranging from plant propagation to instrument labs and a Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer, one of only two at a community college.

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