The four-story, 92,000-sq-ft Port of Los Angeles Police Headquarters building has earned a LEED gold rating, according to the project architect, MVE Institutional of Irvine.

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Port of Los Angeles Police Headquarters

Green construction highlights for the $43.6-million headquarters include extensive natural light, rooftop photovoltaic systems, interior air quality, low-flow water fixtures, locally sourced and carefully selected construction materials, reduced heat-island effect, bio-swales and the use of drought-tolerant landscape throughout. The police facility is designed to use about 28% less energy than Title-24, MVEI said.

FTR International served as the general contractor on the project and DMJM/IEM Construction Management was the CM.

Nearly 200 port police attend to evolving security issues pertaining to cargo vessels, cruise ships, recreational boats, tankers, narcotics and terrorism.  The new facility replaces old space in the existing Port of Los Angeles Administration Building.

The police headquarters also houses comprehensive physical training facilities, indoor shooting range, 911 dispatch center, surveillance units, special vehicle units and administrative offices.

MVEI also designed an adjacent two-story, 37,000-sq-ft parking garage and one level of below-grade parking. The Los Angeles Port Police are assigned to the City of Los Angeles Harbor Department, a city agency that governs the Port of Los Angeles.

Project engineers included TKSC Engineering (mechanical), TMAD Taylor & Gaines (electrical), KPFF (structural), Martin Newsom (acoustical) and Ashba Engineers (civil).