The Life Science Center at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Bess Adler / Thornton Tomasetti.

Loyola Marymount University, Life Science Center



Designed to accommodate the needs of the school’s biology, chemistry, and natural science departments, the 110,000-gross-square-foot, three-story building includes laboratories, classrooms, vivarium, faculty offices, administration areas, a 280-seat auditorium and three levels of subterranean parking to accommodate 272 vehicles. At the roof level, public green spaces act as “living laboratories” for students and faculty research.

The gravity system consists of two-way reinforced concrete flat plate floors supported by cast-in-place concrete columns and walls on shallow foundations. Additionally, the auditorium and roof photovoltaic canopy consists of structural steel and composite slab construction. Lateral loads are resisted by cast-in-place concrete shear walls that extend through the substructure down to the foundation. Thornton Tomasetti modeled all phases of the project’s structural design in Revit.

Seeking LEED Silver certification, the building features several sustainable elements including a green roof, photovoltaic and solar thermal panels, extensive natural lighting, reclaimed water and passive cooling.

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