The Los Angeles Community College District – Southwest College School of Career and Technical Education (SOCTE) provides practical, hands-on training to diverse, multi-generational user groups in a safe and inviting campus facility. Large expanses of glass and open-air corridors, lobbies, and courtyards exhibit the professional training and instruction taking place on the inside. Athena Engineering, Inc. assisted in the design and was the controls integrator for the new addition to Southwest College.
The scope for the 53,655 SF Career and Technical Education building included classrooms, an Environmental and Technical Science Program, Business Department offices, and a Career and Workforce Development Center. The building is a showcase for sustainability features and received LEED Platinum Certification from the United States Green Building Council. Open-air and naturally-ventilated corridors introduce maximum natural daylight and reduce energy costs.
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