(December 7, 2016) – Los Angeles Valley College and the Los Angeles Community College District celebrated the dual openings of the college's Student Union (SU) and Monarch Athletic Center (MAC) buildings today.
The award-winning 66,118 square-foot two-story Student Union (also referred to as the Monarch Center construction project) is the "new heart of campus activities" and houses key college services including the college’s Cafeteria, Bookstore, Lion Café (coffee bar/snack shop), Business Office, Student Life Office, and Student Health Center/Psychological Services.
This building is built to high "sustainable" standards including water-efficient landscaping, water reducing fixtures, roof and hardscape surfaces that reduce a heat island effect, and maximized use of open space. In addition, it features a unique stormwater management system that incorporates a rainwater rooftop "waterfall" that directs stormwater run-off through a dry river bed to the on-site stormwater detention pond, which captures 90% of the run-off, treats it, and allow it to naturally percolate into the underground water table.
In addition to sustainable design and construction, the building's notable design features include a unique eye-catching "yellow" second-floor “Skybox”, which offers panoramic views of the campus from the outdoor patio and walkway, as well as a sheltered outdoor seating area underneath. A Skybox conference room is located on the second floor as well as the Lion’s Den (student lounge), and the Study Lair (study room).
During rainstorms, there is a to cascades off the roof into a dry river bed that leds to an on-site detention pond.
The 20,509 square foot MAC (referred to as the Athletic Training Facility construction project) includes a classroom/meeting room, weight room, and locker rooms for women’s soccer, men’s football, and men’s & women’s track. The construction project also included the relocation of the baseball and softball fields, football practice field, archery range, batting cages, bullpens, support structures and the walking track.
Both the SU and the MAC facilities are built to high sustainable standards.