Case Study

California State University Los Angeles

La Kretz Hall

The California State University (CSU) system educates the most diverse student body in the United States—ethnically, economically, and academically. With 23 campuses spanning over 800 miles from northern to southern California, CSU enrolls over 450,000 students. The Los Angeles campus (CSULA) serves over 25,000 of those students. Originally established in 1947, CSULA is located less than ten miles from the heart of Downtown Los Angeles and offers a wide range of majors and academic programs, as well as post-graduate studies. The university promotes excellence and environmental responsibility, so when they needed engineering design services and support for the replacement of two fume hoods for their La Kretz Hall (part of CSULA’s larger Annenberg Science Complex), Salas O’Brien’s environmentally conscious, efficient design team was the perfect choice.

Named for its primary patron, real estate developer Morton La Kretz, the bright, artistic La Kretz Hall includes wet-labs, greenhouses, an observatory, and a Van De Graph linear accelerator, and it supplies needed research and instructional space for faculty and students in CSULA’s chemistry, biology, allied health, and geology departments. Salas O’Brien was brought in to support upgrades of the building’s fume hood intensive space—another key research area.

The bulk of the engineering services our team provided for this transition were prior to and in preparation for fume hood installation. These services included verification of the chemicals used in the new laminar flow hood (and these chemicals’ corrosive properties), an overall check for code compliance, a review of the electrical and mechanical controls interface, and the development of installation specifications. Our team also provided support (where needed and requested) during the installation. The finished fume hood intensive space is a safe, compliant environment that supports faculty and student research and study.


Los Angeles, California

Construction Cost:

Project Size:
20,000 Square Feet

Engineering Design Services