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Long Beach City College, Building M, Multi-Disciplinary Facility Replacement

  • Location

    Long Beach, CA
  • Delivery Method

    Design-Build
  • Size

    96,000 SF
  • Cost

    $48.2 Million
  • Market

    Community Colleges
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  • Project Overview

    The multi-disciplinary replacement building is Long Beach City College's first design-build project funded by the state of California. P2S provided MEPT engineering design for the new 96,000 SF, three-story, steel-frame classroom building on the Liberal Arts Campus. The new $48.2 million building is designed to achieve LEED Gold Certification with sustainable features like low-flow efficient plumbing structures and HVAC strategies for improved air quality.

    The departments that occupy the building consist of Language Arts, Career Technology Education, Computer & Office Studies, Student Success and Support Programs, and the Student Success Center. The new facility includes a lecture hall, study areas and breakout rooms which provide additional space on the community college's campus for students to learn, relax and interact.

  • Solution

    The team had to overcome several challenges while designing the new facility. As a design-build pursuit, the engineering solutions required finding a balance between providing the best system at a reasonable price for the client.

    Our integrated holistic design approach involved optimizing building shape, geometry and orientation and maximizing envelope efficiency to minimize external loads, harvest passive heating during winter months and promote daylighting to minimize use of electric lighting.

    The project involved a significant number of underground utilities that had to be re-routed and coordinated to keep the rest of the campus operational. The telecommunications and fire alarm systems for several other buildings on campus were re-routed through the existing Buildings M and N to keep the campus operational during the replacement of the buildings.

  • Results

    • 32.1% energy cost savings compared to ASHRAE 90.1 Baseline
    • 15.4% better than 2016 Title 24