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O.C. firms begin work on El Camino College building

The $20.6 million, 115,000-square-foot project will create 200 jobs.

BY TAYLOR FALLONPublished: June 28, 2010 12:00 PM

Cypress-based Taisei Construction and Irvine-based LPA Inc. have begun construction on a new $20.6 million math, business and health building at El Camino College, near Torrance.

The project is expected to take 18 months to complete and will create about 200 jobs, says Taisei project manager Joe Jaramillo.

The 115,000-square-foot building will house 72 faculty offices, 58 classrooms and three division suites.

Cast-in-place concrete is being used instead of a steel-frame, which will save an estimated 10 percent in construction costs, says Steve Flanagan, principal and lead designer for LPA. Other design and construction elements are being incorporated to create additional savings.

“Instead of having 15-foot floors, we were able to cut down each floor’s height by three feet,” Flanagan says. “Our design saved about 7,200 square feet of building structure and finishing materials associated with it. The reduction in the overall size of the building also means that there will be much less square footage to heat and cool.”