Los Angeles Harbor College


Technology Building

“SmithGroupJJR did an excellent job of balancing costs and aesthetics. They achieved high levels of innovation in their design compared to buildings being designed with similar budget allocations.”

—Ken Pruett, Project Director, LA Harbor College


Since its inception in 1949, this former vocational high school has grown from a technically oriented college into a comprehensive higher education institution featuring a broad spectrum of programs. Yet decades passed without any investing in new buildings, and a new master plan called for innovative facilities to support an expanding mix of programs.

Responding to its prominent location and dedication to multiple departments, SmithGroupJJR saw an opportunity for this new technology-focused academic building to help extend a major quad, create a strong campus entry and even define a welcoming gateway for the community.

Its modern design reflects the permanence and diverse enrollment of the college. Organized for flexible use by varied departments, the classroom and studio building uses technologies to suit teaching and learning needs for everything from multimedia, business, electronics, administration of justice, architecture and engineering. Learning environments support collaboration while providing flexibility to adapt to future advancements in technology and pedagogy, including distance learning classrooms and experiential design.