The design for the proposed Santa Monica College (SMC) Media and Technology Complex at the Academy of Entertainment and Technology has received a creativity award from the Los Angeles Urban Land Institute.
The design for the complex — which would expand the academy’s satellite campus to incorporate media programs, including KCRW — won in the “Place” category of the Los Angeles Real Creativity Awards. The project is designed by Clive Wilkinson Architects of West Hollywood.
The awards are presented for innovative design in four categories to designers “who, through their extraordinary vision and creative action, are helping to change the world (and our lives) as Angelinos, Americans and global citizens,” according to the institute.
The proposed complex is planned to bring together media programs to form a “creative community,” SMC officials say. The academy currently houses digital animation, new media, entertainment technology, graphic design and interior architectural design programs.
The new complex would also house communications, journalism, radio and film.
“The new facility will provide our students the opportunity to train using the newest media technologies giving them real world experience in digital radio, television and web-based media,” SMC Director of Facilities Planning Greg Brown said.
The design calls for a new 30,000-square-foot building that would be added to the academy site to house computer classrooms, a student radio station, production spaces, edit bays, a new server room, TV studio and control rooms, art studio, café and a 180-seat auditorium. An accompanying 430-space parking garage would be included to replace the surface parking spaces currently on the site.
In addition, the plan calls for a 34,000-square-foot, three-story structure to house KCRW, which is currently in the basement of the Cayton Associated Students building on the SMC main campus.
Funding for the $61.2 million project is provided by Measure AA, the 2008 bond measure approved by Santa Monica voters ($57.5 million), and the KCRW Foundation ($3.7 million).
The project is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2013.