The Santa Monica College Library Expansion and Modernization Project and its Science Complex have each won statewide awards from the Community College Facility Coalition.

Both projects were designed by CO Architects of Los Angeles, formerly Anshen + Allen.

The library project won the Award of Honor in the Modernization Project category and the Science Complex won the Award of Honor in the Growth Project category.

The coalition is made up of representatives of California community colleges, architects, engineers and contractors.

Awards were presented for “best in design” among California community college projects.

The $23.6 million Library Modernization and Expansion Project — which was completed in August 2003 — nearly doubled the size of the facility to 96,500 square feet and provided widespread Internet access.

In addition, the project included seismic retrofitting and a redesign of the exterior, including landscaping, benches and lighting.

With three stories divided into five levels, the library features skylights and atriums, giving the structure an open and airy feel, college officials said.

The centerpiece of the library is an elliptical wood-paneled “building-within-a-building,” flanked at the north end by a three-story glass elevator tower.

The $30 million high-technology Science Complex — which opened in August 1999 — is a 98,000-square-foot facility of two buildings separated by a courtyard but connected at the second floor.

The gray-green-white complex has many environmentally sensitive features as well as modern laboratories and classrooms.

Included are two 100-seat lecture halls with built-ins such as infrared assisted-listening devices and computer control modules for instructors to display DVDs, CDs, and other media.

Laboratories are used for plant propagation, to work with science instruments, and to house a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer.

Only one other community college has a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, college officials said.

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