LACCD LA Harbor College Job Placement and Data Center (JPDC)
Awarded through a design-build competition hosted by BuildLACCD, LACCD’s sustainable building program, JFAK designed the full modernization of an existing 1-story administration building on the L.A. Harbor College (LAHC) campus to serve as headquarters for the LAHC Job Placement and Data Center as well as a division of the Fire Department / Homeland Security and a WorkSource OneSource Center. The re-design of JPDC strengthens its connectivity to the campus by enhancing the visual impact of the building by creating fluid connections between interior and exterior spaces. A new clocktower featuring a changeable LED display enhances the building’s presence and transforms it into an iconic landmark for the entire campus. It also marks the main entrance to the building. A new photovoltaic trellis cantilevers out over the roof to mark the building’s second major entrance. The design fosters a welcoming and inviting environment for students, faculty, and staff and encourages interaction. A new photovoltaic skylight covers an existing roof opening, creating a new interior atrium space which is the focal point of this new and catalytic environment.