The Santa Monica College Quad and the Performing Arts Center recently earned statewide recognition for their design.

The Quad won the Award of Excellence in the Specialized Facility category of the Community College Facility Coalition’s 2009 Professional Design Awards. The Performing Arts Center won the Award of Honor in the Campus Completion category, which is given for a facility that a community college did not previously have but should have in order to be considered a complete campus.

“It’s an honor that these outstanding projects have been recognized statewide by our peers throughout the community college system,” said Greg Brown, SMC director of facilities planning.

This is the second time the Quad — a four-acre heavily landscaped area — has won special recognition. Earlier this year, the $9 million facility won the 2009 Los Angeles Business Council’s Los Angeles Architectural Award in the Landscape Architecture category.

The area features a promenade of pavers lined by palm trees and flanked by two large water fountains. Grass areas, trees, large planters and seating areas fill out the Quad, designed by tBP Architects and Meléndrez landscape architects.

This is the third award for the Performing Arts Center, which encompasses The Broad Stage and Edye Second Space. Designed by Renzo Zecchetto Architects of Santa Monica, the $42 million state-of-the-art center has become a major regional center for the arts, college officials say. The 499-seat Broad Stage, in particular, has won wide praise for its design and acoustics.

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