Representatives from Santa Monica architecture firm DLR Group WWCOT and Santa Monica College accepted a design award from the Southern California Development Forum for the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Campus East Wing facility Dec. 16.

The project, which recently completed the design phase, was honored for design excellence in the “Un-built Concepts” category at a banquet this past Tuesday.

The college’s development forum is an organization dedicated to providing continuing education opportunities for real estate and design professionals in Southern California. Each year, the organization sponsors an awards program to recognize local charities, and to honor the contributions and creative work of architects, engineers, and contractors.

Among the jury members for the design awards this year were Jeffrey Averill, AIA, campus architect at UCLA, Gregory B. Ames of Trammell Crow Company and William Robertson of the global real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield.

“This addition is a high quality building with great interior space which utilizes natural light in public spaces to help connect it to the adjacent plaza,” the jury noted. “Its use of high quality materials and planar surface detailing connects it nicely to the existing main theater.”

The Performing Arts Campus East Wing facility will provide the college with state-of-the-art performance and rehearsal studios. The 12,000-square-foot facility will contain a multi-purpose room, offices, and music classrooms.

This project is part of Santa Monica College’s recent round of performing arts improvements, which has included The Broad Stage and Edye Second Space.

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