Los Angeles Trade-Technology College (LATTC) has broken ground on its latest expansion in Historic South-Central.

The Construction Technology Building, now rising on a long-empty property at the corner of 23rd Street and Grand Avenue, will stand three stories in height and feature nearly 180,000 square feet of classrooms, laboratories, and offices dedicated to LATTC's largest enrollment program - construction maintenance and utilities.


HMC Architects designed the contemporary low-rise structure, which will have a red brick exterior - similar to the Johnson Favaro-designed Student Services and Technology Instruction Buildings located across Grand Avenue.

A 2018 presentation to the Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees indicates that the projects budget is at least $188 million - an increase of $12 million from one year earlier.  The larger price tag was attributed in large part to design changes resulting from updates to the California building code, though tariffs affecting imported steel and aluminum were also cited as having a minor impact.

The Construction Technology Building is one of two new facilities now rising at the LATTC campus, the other being the school's $48-million Culinary Arts Building.

Other ongoing developments planned in the surrounding neighborhood include a 15-story apartment tower from Geoff Palmer and a $1-billion mixed-use complex slated to replace parking lots adjacent to the Reef building.