2008 Report to the Community

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2008 Report to the Community

Building a New Los Angeles Trade-Technical College
for the Jobs of Today and Tomorrow

President’s Message

Los Angeles Trade-Technical College (LATTC) is your community college, delivering quality education and training for more than 80 years. We are top-rated in the areas of construction technology, culinary arts, fashion design, welding, and cosmetology, and we have launched students to four-year universities all over the world. Our 25-acre campus, located in Downtown Los Angeles just south of the Central Business District, has become a training hub for some of this region’s premier industries.

As part of the L.A. Community College District Bond Construction Program, we are currently undergoing a $240 million construction project to augment our workforce development programs.

Thanks to the Bond Construction Program, our students will be better prepared to become industry and workforce leaders as a result of the training and education they receive at LATTC.

It is my hope that you will visit the campus to see the changes for yourself. In the meantime, you can check out the great things happening at Trade-Tech by visiting www.LACCDBuildsGreen.org/lattc.php.


Dr. Roland “Chip” Chapdelaine

Newly Restored ‘A’ Building a Gem in the City

Construction on the A-Building Restoration and Modernization project is slated to begin July 2008. The building is a Local Historical Monument under the City of Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Ordinance.

The U-shaped complex includes three contiguous buildings connected by a central corridor, a 1,500-seat auditorium, a two-story west wing, and a three-story east wing.

The 100,000 sq. ft. facility is receiving seismic upgrades, mechanical and electrical upgrades, new plumbing, fire sprinklers, fire alarms, new telecommunications, and an exterior entries security system. This structural facelift will bring the complex into compliance, providing students with a technological learning facility and historical showplace. Classrooms will be made technology-ready and compatible, restrooms and public spaces will be expanded and remodeled, and the exterior will be upgraded.

The $34 million project is expected to be completed during the second quarter of 2011, and will house the nursing and cosmetology departments.

Did you know? The three buildings that make up Building A were constructed at three different times. The Auditorium was built in 1924, the classroom wing in 1925 and the Administration building in 1935.

805 New Parking Spaces Available with New Parking Structure

Trade-Tech recently unveiled its new six-level, 250,000 sq. ft. Olive Street Parking Structure, providing 805 much-needed parking spaces for students and faculty. This is Trade-Tech’s first Design-Build project, an innovative management tool that assigns the design and build-out of a project to one company, saving time and money by lowering overall construction costs.

The new six-level, 250,00 sq. ft. Olive Street Parking Structure adds 805 parking spaces to help alleviate parking woes for students attending LATTC.

$78 Million South Campus Project Contributes to Transformation in Downtown Los Angeles

Trade-Tech’s South Campus Project is set to further transform Downtown Los Angeles when it is completed in December 2009.

The $78 million green project will consist of two five-story buildings housing approximately 66,228 sq. ft. in technology classrooms and approximately 56,302 sq. ft. in student services. These areas will train students and provide practical applications in technology-related fields and industries. The project will also include a 1,800 sq. ft. utility building.

Groundbreaking for New Ramp Key Building Block for Campus’ Southern End

In 2007, the College broke ground on its new Parking Access Ramp, a key building block for its multi-million dollar effort to reshape the campus’ Southern-end. The groundbreaking was an important step for the College’s South Campus project, which includes a new college entrance and two new classroom buildings.

The re-designed “F Ramp” provides a new entrance to rooftop parking, and will clear the way for access to the College’s two new academic classroom buildings and the athletic field.

It’s all About the Kids

Trade-Tech’s Child Development Center CDC is nearly complete and will open its doors later this year. The two-level, $6 million center will provide 14,238 sq. ft. of learning space to children ranging from infancy to 12 years old, increasing capacity from 50 to 96 children and providing more students access to child-related services. The facility will be a safe environment for early childcare education and will act as a teacher-training model. It will also house an infant classroom—a first for the College.

A new auxiliary space will also serve as a library/conference room for parents of children enrolled at the Center.

Districtwide Project Statistics

Total # of Green Buildings

Total Bond Funding
$2.2 Billion

Number of Colleges

District Headquarters
770 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Construction Program Website

Bond Construction Program Continues to Make Progress

Projects Completed

  • Olive Street Parking Structure

Projects Under Construction

  • Child Development Center (CDC)
  • A-Building Restoration and Modernization
  • South Campus Project
  • ‘F’ Ramp

Projects Planned

  • Fashion and Fine Arts Building – HVAC Upgrade
  • Math and Science Building – Repair HVAC Controls
  • Construction Technology Bldg – Upgrade Toilet Facilities Campus Security System