Tuesday, September 8, 2009
LAPD Facilities Update and Media Tour of New Headquarters Building NR09442SFIn March 2002, the people of Los Angeles voted to fund Proposition Q, the Citywide Public Safety Bond Measure that provided $600 million for the construction of 11 new police facilities and the renovation of 12 existing police stations. Many Area Police Stations have been updated and improved. West Valley, Rampart, Harbor and Hollenbeck Areas now occupy new police stations. Hollenbeck Area is the only community yet to celebrate their official Grand Opening and will do so on September 19, 2009.
Additional new facilities include Olympic and Topanga Area Community Police Stations, the Emergency Operations Center, the Metropolitan Detention Center, Metro and Valley Bomb Squad facilities, the Operations-Valley Bureau Headquarters and Valley Traffic Division facility. The old Rampart Area Station will be renovated and commissioned as a much needed station for Metropolitan Division.
Since 1955, the Police Administration Building (PAB) of the Los Angeles Police Department has been at 150 North Los Angeles Street. After his untimely death in 1966 while serving as Chief of Police, PAB was dedicated “Parker Center” in honor of the legendary Chief.
In the mid 1990s, a comprehensive analysis proved what most everyone on the LAPD already knew: Parker Center had reached its service life. In 2003, after years of delay and a lack of funding, the
Los Angeles City Council approved the use of Municipal Improvement Corporation of Los Angeles Bonds to fund the project. Several sites were considered, but 100 West First Street was finally selected.
The new headquarters was designed by the architectural firm Daniel, Mann, Johnson & Mendenhall (DMJM) - Roth Sheppard Designs and was constructed by Tutor-Saliba Corporation.
Los Angeles Police Administrator Thom Brennan, Facilities Management Division said “The building will open on schedule and on budget.” The total cost of the building, the Data Center, the Main Street Parking Structure and the Aiso Public Parking Garage is $437 million.
The new Headquarters is a 500,000 square-foot structure that features 10 floors, a Café called LA Reflections, both underground parking and a parking structure, and a 400 seat civic auditorium. The building will receive at least a Silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification. The new building utilizes energy efficient mechanical systems, day-lighting, high-performance glass and recycled or renewable building materials.
Other special features include state of the art technologies like fiber optic connections to computer servers, video conference rooms, a media room with live stream capabilities, a fitness center approximately three times the size of the current gym at Parker Center, filtered drinking water, lunch rooms, high efficiency copier rooms to reduce the number of copiers on each floor, water conserving ultra-low flush toilets, and a heating and cooling system designed to provide maximum efficiency by isolating areas that need cooling or heating during off hours. Premium parking for carpoolers will also be provided on site, along with racks for 50 bicycles.
A significant feature of the facility is a new Police Memorial to be dedicated to the 202 Los Angeles Police Officers who gave their lives while serving the people of this City. The Los Angeles Police Foundation has championed the beautiful Memorial Sculpture and garden area which will stand on the top tier of the plaza. All architectural work for the Police Memorial was provided pro bono by the distinguished firm of Gensler.
With respect and consideration for local neighbors and the community, the building perimeter incorporates “green space” which is not only environmentally responsible, but welcoming. Along the front entrance, planters with drought resistant plants are among the waterfalls using re-circulating water.
The new PAB will have space for about 2,300 workers, allowing the LAPD to consolidate many department functions and entities that are currently spread throughout the City. In addition to the other efficiencies achieved by opening the new PAB, several leased facilities will no longer be needed.
The building will be occupied entity by entity and floor by floor in a highly coordinated move. The community will not notice an interruption in service. Three years after groundbreaking, the formal opening ceremonies will be held on October 24, 2009.
For more information about the new Police Administration Building, please visit www.LAPDOnline.org or call Media Relations Section at 213-485-3586.