Loyola Marymount University

Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering
Life Sciences Center

Location: Los Angeles, CA
Client:  Loyola Marymount University
Architect:  CO Architects

Project Description:

As the first new building designed under the LMU Campus Master Plan, the science center establishes new campus aesthetic standards in a modern, interdisciplinary facility for biology, chemistry and natural science. The science center contains teaching laboratories, lab support space, faculty offices, classrooms, shared public spaces, a 300-seat auditorium serving the entire campus, and a 370-vehicle subterranean parking structure. The project objectives of achieving interdisciplinary collaboration, sustainability, and connectivity have informed the design process, resulting in a prominent campus building that will itself serve as a teaching tool. It is targeting LEED Silver certification and incorporates Labs 21 environmental performance criteria into the design.

The building’s other main academic features include:

  • 50 faculty and staff offices
  • 34 teaching or research laboratories
  • 7,300 square feet of laboratory support space
  • 3 conference rooms
  • A green roof and outdoor laboratory

The anticipated completion date is early 2015.


  • Technology Program Development
  • System Design and Documentation
  • RFP Development/Vendor Selection
  • Implementation Oversight
  • Infrastructure Planning
  • Architectural/Engineering Design Support


  • Structured Cabling
  • Audiovisual Systems
  • Digital Media Systems
  • Production Control Rooms
  • Interactive Classroom Technologies
  • Lecture and Video Capture
  • Security Systems


  • Technology and open space encourages faculty and student interaction and collaboration
  • Connectivity enables building to serve as a prominent teaching tool
  • (This is) “the kind of infrastructure and the kind of upgrade that we need to stay competitive and to meet the needs of our students” – President Burcham LMU