L.A.P.D. Metropolitan Division Transformation
City of Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California
Size: 25,320 SF (+32,220 SF Covered Parking)
2017, Citation Award, AIA Academy of Architecture for Justice
2017, City of L.A. Green Building Award, Los Angeles Business Council
2017, Westside Prize Citation Award, Westside Urban Forum
2016, Merit Award, AIA Los Angeles COTE LA
2016, Honorable Mention, American Architecture Prize, Architectural Design/Restoration & Renovation
2014, Citation Award, AIA Academy of Architecture for Justice
2012, Los Angeles Architectural Award, Design Concept, Los Angeles Business Council
2012, Design Award, LA Cultural Affairs Commission
Located on a 1.74-acre sloping site, the LAPD Metropolitan Division Facility project transforms the notorious 25,320 sf former Rampart Station into a home for the elite Metro Division. The renovated 1966 two-story concrete bunker is a 24/7 state-of-the-art facility, housing one administrative platoon and five field platoons. Program elements include a secure perimeter, staff offices, conference rooms, exercise facilities, armory, equipment storage, kennels, protected parking and display areas throughout.
A series of tactical interventions respect the original architecture while providing a fresh community image and inserting a modern collaborative workspace. Strategic carvings admit daylight into high priority, frequently occupied spaces such as the “slot,” the central interconnecting circulation hub. Interior planning maximizes work space efficiency and flexibility while maintaining major existing shear walls. New glazing, lighting, greenery, public art and the reuse of salvaged materials increase perimeter security while softening this facility’s historical image. A photovoltaic canopy reinforces the regenerative nature of this transformation.