Location: Los Angeles, CA

Area:  17,000 square feet

Client:  Pankow

Owner:  Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD), Los Angeles City College

Building Type:  Commercial, Education, New Construction

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Los Angeles City College Plant Operations Building

LA City College’s Plant Operations Building & Tennis Courts is a 17,000-square-foot commercial project located in Los Angeles, CA. Verdical Group provided:

  • LEED Project Management (NC v2.2 Silver Certified)

The Los Angeles Community College District’s City College Physical Plant (Maintenance and Operations Building) & Tennis Courts provide new centralized facilities for the City College’s Maintenance and Operations Department. By incorporating many sustainable features, the project achieved LEED Silver certification — beyond its initial target of LEED Certified.


The project team used energy analysis and simulation for an energy cost savings of 37 percent, using the ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2004. Other design strategies include an exterior canopy to shade the south exposure glazing, heat reflective roofing material and energy-efficient light fixtures. The Maintenance and Operations (M&O) building also includes roof mounted photovoltaic panels that produce roughly 8 percent of the total annual energy cost of the project.

Location & transportation

The M&O building and tennis courts are sited on a dense urban campus with various mass transit options located within a half-mile walking distance. This close proximity to public transportation promotes car-free living, which reduces the M&O staff’s carbon footprint. Because the City College is located in such a dense, walkable area, this project also achieved points for being within a half-mile distance of ten community services.


Taking advantage of locally sourced materials, the project team was able to source 28 percent of total building materials within 500 miles of the City College, thereby cutting down on emissions resulting from long-distance transportation. Along with this great use of regional materials, the team also achieved a point for utilizing FSC Certified Wood for 54 percent of the project’s total new wood-based building materials. As an added bonus, all indoor composite wood and agrifiber materials used on the project were completely free of added urea-formaldehyde—a potentially harmful human carcinogen.


Overall, this Los Angeles City College project was carefully designed with climate change in mind. The project team successfully implemented a combination of water efficient and waterless restroom fixtures which enabled the M&O building to achieve a 40 percent baseline reduction in water-use. Cutting back on a building’s water-use is crucial for all projects, but especially one located in a drought-stricken city, such as Los Angeles.