Firestone Educational Center at East Los Angeles College

Client: LACCD

Scope: Adaptive Reuse

Size: 8.5 Acres

Completion: 2010

Project Manager: Richard Berliner, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP


Firestone Educational Center is planned as a satellite campus of LACCD's East Los Angeles College, which will ultimately accommodate 12,000 students. The site comprises 18.5 acres, including more than 800,000 SF of existing manufacturing and warehouse buildings to be adaptively reused. The enormous scale of the buildings means that much of the “campus” will actually be indoors under vast, sky-lit roofs.

Berliner's Master Plan thoroughly analyzes and addresses the complex issues of the site, including preservation of historical architectural features, structural reinforcement of existing industrial buildings, pedestrian and vehicular circulation, new site access points, phasing, and a sustainable development strategy for the site and the buildings, with an anticipated minimum LEED Gold certification.