Award-winning Architectural Firm Expands Educational Portfolio
Santa Ana, CA, March 7, 2018 – SVA Architects, along with Long Beach City College and Novus Construction, are pleased to announce tomorrow’s groundbreaking ceremony for a $25 million renovation and addition to Auditorium J at Long Beach City College. The two-year college educates more than 33,000 students per year and is one of the largest community colleges in California. The renovations to Auditorium J, which is dedicated to performing arts activities, are being funded by voter-approved Measures E and LB. Long Beach City College joins SVA’s ever-expanding portfolio of improved educational settings featuring state-of-the-art technology and efficient design.
Ernesto M. Vasquez, FAIA, CEO of SVA Architects, states, “We are excited to be a part of Long Beach City College’s campus renaissance. Bond measures passed in the past fifteen years have provided new facilities and modernized learning environments. Long Beach City College continues to become better equipped to prepare its students to succeed in the 21st century.”
SVA’s Long Beach City College project includes both new construction and modernization for an existing performing arts auditorium originally built in 1956. The 37,878-square-foot renovation includes a complete redesign of the entry, lobby, and restrooms, as well as substantial work within the auditorium including rehab of all seating and the addition of accessible control areas. All backstage and support areas are being completely modernized.The project also includes constructing a new, 14,449-square-foot, two-story addition designed to blend with the existing structure and the surrounding campus. The addition includes a costume shop, paint room, offices and new classrooms for theater production and dance.Construction is anticipated to be complete in fall 2019.The project was designed by SVA Architects, and is being built by Novus Construction.
Robert Simons, AIA, President of SVA Architects, states, “It’s both challenging and highly rewarding working on a campus that has been educating students for 90 years. Our design and construction team is thrilled to be bringing our expertise to modernize this space where students can learn, engage, and create life-long memories.”