The design for the proposed SMC Media & Technology Complex at the Academy of Entertainment & Technology has won a creativity award. The complex will include a new home for SMC's flagship National Public Radio station, KCRW. (photo by Smc)

STEWART STREET — The design for the proposed, $61.2 million Santa Monica College Media & Technology Complex at the Academy of Entertainment & Technology has won a creativity award from the Los Angeles Urban Land Institute.

The design for the complex — which would expand the academy satellite campus to bring together media programs, including public radio station KCRW — won in the “Place” category in the Los Angeles Real Creativity Awards.

The awards are presented for innovative design in four categories to designers “who, through their extraordinary vision and creative action, are helping to change the world (and our lives) — as Angelenos, Americans and global citizens.”

The project is designed by Clive Wilkinson Architects of West Hollywood.

The complex is conceived as a way to bring together synergistic media programs to form a creative community. The academy currently houses digital animation, new media, entertainment technology, graphic design and interior architectural design programs.

The new complex would also house communications, journalism, radio — including KCRW — and film “to form a rich cluster of convergent specialties that would feed off each other’s creativity and provoke new directions in future media development,” the creativity awards Web site says.

“The new facility will provide our students the opportunity to train using the newest media technologies giving them real world experience in digital radio, television and web-based media,” said SMC Director of Facilities Planning Greg Brown.

The design calls for a new 30,000-square-foot building that would be added to the academy site to house computer classrooms, a student radio station, production spaces, edit bays, new server room, TV studio and control rooms, art studio, cafe and a 180-seat auditorium. An accompanying 430-space parking garage would be included to replace the surface parking spaces currently on the site.

In addition, the plan calls for a 34,000-square-foot, three-story structure to house KCRW, which is currently in the basement of the Cayton Associated Students building on the SMC main campus. All buildings are being designed to achieve LEED Silver Certification for environmental sustainability.

“The new Academy of Entertainment Technology campus is organized around a courtyard that should amplify synergies between the different media streams by accommodating a range of different events,” said Clive Wilkinson, architect for the project. “It further provides a large communal space that acts as a heart for the media community.”

Funding for the project is coming from Measure AA, the 2008 bond measure approved by Santa Monica-Malibu voters ($57.5 million), and the KCRW Foundation ($3.7 million).

The project is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2013.

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