The Theatre Arts Building at the Santa Monica College (SMC) main campus, has received a New Buildings Award from the Los Angeles Business Council as part of the group’s 38th Annual Los Angeles Architecture Awards program.

The Theatre Arts Building, designed by the Los Angeles office of international architecture, planning, engineering, interior design and the project management firm Leo A Daly, was recognized during a ceremony at the Beverly Hilton hotel.

“We are pleased to recognize Leo A Daly for their contribution to enhancing the world-class level of contemporary architecture in Los Angeles,” said Mary Leslie, president of the Los Angeles Business Council. “It is the talent and creativity of their entire project team that makes development of this high quality and aesthetic appeal possible.”

The 20,000-square-foot, $17-million building, which opened in September 2006, is the home of SMC’s award-winning performing arts program.

Greg Brown, director of facilities and planning at Santa Monica College said, “We are very excited to see this building recog- nized for its architectural excellence. Having facilities such as the new Theatre Arts Building that combine high-level design with an enriching learning environment is a key component of our college’s long-term vision.”

Leo A Daly’s Los Angeles vice president and managing principal Brian A. Kite said, “This is the third honor the project has received recently and we at Leo A Daly are especially thankful to Santa Monica College for having invited us to design such a notable structure for their campus.”

The entry of the Santa Monica College Theatre Arts Building in the New Buildings Award category won amongst submissions from Jean Nouvel, Richard Meier & Partners, Cesar Pelli & Associates, Kohn Pederson Fox Associates and Morphosis, among others.

The project has also been recognized by the Southern California Development Forum with a 2007 Community Enrichment Award, and a “Best of California 2007” award from California Construction magazine in the Southern California Performing Arts category.

SMC officials said the facility has greatly expanded the teaching capabilities of the Theatre Arts Department and reinforced the program’s presence on campus.