Legat Architects

Video: Simulated Emergency Scenario

Watch as local police departments reenact the infamous North Hollywood Bank Robbery in the Interior Immersive Training Lab.

“The product of a great deal of planning and cooperation between college departments and administrators, outside police and fire departments, and the A/E/C team, the center has emerged as a proving ground in tactical response.”


Double Duty

At first, departmental leaders requested a 200,000-square-foot facility to meet their needs. However, the budget did not allow for a building that large. Legat’s team proposed solutions to share spaces like the auditorium/mock courtroom. This allowed the college to reduce the square footage to 60,000 without sacrificing programmatic needs.

“The Homeland Security Education Center is designed as a model facility that other institutions, architects, and construction firms throughout the nation are likely to reference.”

Technology Meets Nature

Designers used cost-effective metal panels to reflect the industrial look of nearby facilities and draw attention to the center. The panels use three shades of blue-green to suggest technological innovation and blend with the natural surroundings.