Recent winner of the “Under Construction Award” at the 2014 Los Angeles Business Council Architectural Awards, UCLA’s new Teaching and Learning Center for Health Services is considered an architectural achievement before it is built.
Collaborating with SOM, our environmental design team recommended pragmatic, passive design strategies to maximize energy efficiency, optimize thermal comfort and save water in a cost-effective design. Taking advantage of the southern California climate, the building’s early massing strategy wraps the building around a central courtyard. This design opens the building’s circulation to the outdoors to maximize daylight and natural ventilation. The design expects to achieve a 34% energy cost reduction.