10 March

Build LACCD

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Built by Dirango.

Build LACCD is Los Angeles’ college district building program. The program is in charge of managing the construction of new buildings at 9 separate colleges in Los Angeles. The program is fueled by $6 Billion dollars of voter-approved bonds.

Build LACCD serves two distinct target audiences. The first being contractors looking to bid on projects, download forms, and seek guidance on procedures and regulations. The second being the general public who need to be informed on how the money is being spent, project details, and board meeting documentation.

The original state of the website was a splash page that leads you to two different websites, one for each target audience. This was time consuming for staff having to manage two websites.

Our largest challenge was not only designing user experience for two distinct audiences, but also to work with 12 different groups of stakeholders. We invested 3 months of stakeholder interviews and an additional 3 months of user experience research in order to design a site that resonates with each group.

Our solution consisted of combining both websites. We built an enterprise level website to serve both target audiences. The site became a public relations vehicle to establish transparency. We built unique features like dynamic infographics visualizing funding/spending, numerous galleries showing construction progress, over 1000 searchable PDF forms, and cutting edge interactive college maps displaying building information.

Our favorite feature is the interactive college maps. Visit any of the college pages and you’ll find a map above the fold. The buildings that are new glow on an interval. When clicked on the user will see a pop up with building information. We built a unique module in the CMS for staff to update the maps as the buildings are being constructed.

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