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College project is nearly tuition-ready

By Aaron Blevins, 2/28/2013

Emerson College Los Angeles expected to be ready this year


Emerson College Los Angeles on West Sunset Boulevard is less than one year away from opening, according to college officials who conducted a tour of the ongoing project on Tuesday.

Shanna Yates, a project designer for Morphosis Architects, explains some of the features of the new Emerson College location in Hollywood. (photo by Aaron Blevins)

When completed, the 10-story building will be 102,360 square feet — more than 65,000 square feet of residential space, more than 30,000 square feet of instructional administrative space, 5,700 square feet of retail and 120,000 square feet of parking.

Enrollment is expected to be approximately 100 students by spring 2014, and the full program — accommodating 220 students — is expected to be ready by fall 2014. When completed, the structure will have 220 student beds and four faculty/staff apartments.

“It’s a wonderful, magnificent project, and we’re all very excited about it — both in Boston and Los Angeles,” Emerson College president Lee Pelton said. “We’ve got great architects, obviously, and I think we’re a little ahead of schedule.”

The college, which was established in Boston in 1880, has operated a Los Angeles program for the last 25 years. It serves undergraduate students who major in television, film, marketing communication, performing arts, screenwriting and journalism.

Los Angeles students take two courses and work part-time in an internship. According to a press release, once the facility opens, additional academic programs to engage graduate students admitted to its Boston campus will be considered.

Pelton said Emerson College will essentially double its enrollment in Los Angeles. Currently, approximately 100 seniors and juniors are taking courses in rented space in Burbank, while living in corporate relocation apartments nearby.

The college president said the facility will also be the new home for the 3,200 Emerson College alumni in the area. He said the new location will allow the college to host alumni events, as well as events for the general public.

“We’re also going to use it as a gathering place,” Pelton said. “We want it to be a cultural home, as well as a place of learning for students.”

He said the college hopes to have a full-time dean and director hired by July.

The new campus is located at 5960 W. Sunset Blvd. The facility was designed by Thom Mayne, of Morphosis Architects. The college purchased the lot, which is near Gordon Street, in 2008. Construction began early last year, and is expected to be completed by the end of this year.

For information, visit www.emerson.edu.



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