LAPD Metropolitan Division Facility
Location: Los Angeles
Awarded a citation
This LEED Platinum-certified police facility turns a formerly walled-off bunker into a well-researched multi-use home for the elite LAPD Metropolitan Division, balancing historical recognition with an aspirational future.
This project transforms and reimagines the former LAPD Rampart Division Station as a good neighbor in the community and a proud new home for the elite LAPD Metropolitan Division ("Metro"). This former walled-off bunker has been recreated as a 24/7 state-of-the-art specialty police facility, efficiently housing one administrative platoon and five field platoons. The urban site occupies a sloping corner lot in a high-density residential community with some commercial neighbors and a 16'-0" onsite grade transition.
Originally developed in 1966 as a community police station, the site houses an existing two-story concrete building with attached single-level parking deck. This project's design focused on leveraging simple design strategies in new ways in order to achieve multi-scaled, multi-use benefits, thus achieving LEED Platinum certification within a cost budgeted to achieve LEED Silver. This tactical transformation of a bunker-like facility with a heavy legacy combined tried-and-true design moves such as indoor/outdoor spaces, diffused natural light, pocket park landscaping, sheltered parking, and strategic HVAC zoning in order to maximize aesthetic and functional impact. The holistic design result creates a 21st-century public safety facility that balances historical recognition with an aspirational future.
The design process began by focusing on comprehensive programming and alternative concepts in order to best accommodate multiple departments scattered throughout different facilities onto a single tight site that housed a fixed concrete shear wall building. An emphasis on identifying potential spatial redundancies, unnecessary minimums, and outdoor opportunities utilized user focus groups, site observations, intense personnel shadowing, and a previous post-occupancy evaluation completed with the previous building users upon their movement to a new facility. The high-stress nature of the occupants' jobs led to the prioritization of active design strategies, as well as peaceful and protected areas of respite.
This is an excellent reuse of a 1960s building, one that resulted in a strong design with community engagement and sensitive integration of new security measures. It features well-developed interior spaces that are daylit and have strong connections to the new exterior courtyard.