Los Angeles Valley College Monarch Center

Valley Glen

Key Players
Owner Los Angeles Community College District
Lead Designer LPA Inc.
Contractor McCarthy Building Cos.
Civil Engineer KPFF Consulting Engineers
Structural Engineer LPA Inc.
Design/Build Subcontractors Southland Industries; Murray Co.; Rosendin Electric

The student center’s design-build team created a multilevel design concept featuring high canopy architectural elements. The design, which incorporates a skybox, provides a significant visual reference for the campus. The team incorporated a combination concrete shear wall, brace frame, moment frame and truss system structural-frame design to account for torsional forces due to the high canopy and skybox architectural features. Despite an eight-month owner-directed moratorium, the structure was completed on time for building occupancy.

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