Saiful Bouquet served as the structural engineer of record for the new LAHC Science Complex. The project offers optimal learning environments for the growing Physical Science and Life Science programs while integrating sustainable design strategies that set new environmental benchmarks for the campus.

The $44M, 73,000-square-foot, three-story Science Complex includes classrooms, laboratories, lecture halls, administrative offices, outdoor classroom, and a science court. The building consists of two L-shaped, steel-frame structures set perpendicular to each other. The three-story east wing houses laboratories and a two-story west wing houses the lecture halls, classrooms and offices. Both wings are connected via a bridge over a walkway.

The L-shaped orientation addresses the primary campus entrances from the parking area, directing pedestrian circulation through the site. Inspired by nature, the Science Complex considers siting, massing, orientation, materials and technology and integrates it with Life Science and Physical Science functions to achieve sustainable results. By grouping science programs according to the system needs, the design team right-sized spaces to maximize energy efficiency. Natural ventilation, abundant daylight and connections to the outdoors further reduce energy loads. The project is LEED Platinum Certified.


  • 2016 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Campus Architecture Honor
  • 2016 U.S. Green Building Council LA, Project of the Year
  • 2016 U.S. Green Building Council LA, Honor Award – Energy & Atmosphere
  • 2016 U.S. Green Building Council LA, Merit Award – Innovation in Design
  • 2015 AIA Long Beach South Bay Honor Award
  • 2015 Los Angeles Business Council Architecture Award
  • 2014 Community College Coalition, Growth Honor Award
  • 2014 Southern California Development Forum Design Award
  • 2014 Westside Urban Forum Award