The Los Angeles Police Department’s Hollenbeck Station is proof that you can still go green and deliver a satisfying civic structure.

LAPD Hollenbeck Station

The project team behind the Hollenbeck Station – FTR International and AC Martin and Partners – delivered a project that met all of the LAPD’s needs and also earned LEED gold certification.

The two-story, 176,000-sq-ft facility includes a four-story parking structure and a one-story maintenance building.

The team building the $34.5-million project had to overcome some challenges to construct the facility. Chief among those challenges was the partial demolition of an existing building on site. Three quarters of the building needed to be demolished while the rest needed to be kept intact.

Additionally, a wall mural made out of tiles at the building site also needed to be kept so the decision was made to remove each piece of tile and number each piece. The mural was assembled at the new station.

The police station was designed to strengthen the city’s civic center by reconnecting the station to the surrounding neighborhood. Significantly larger than the original facility, the new 54,000-sq-ft station is composed of three rectangular two-story volumes that include a community multipurpose room, offices, temporary holding cells, a spacious lobby, and additional support spaces. The replacement station’s internal organization provides a more efficient and enjoyable environment for more than 200 officers and staff. Clear pathways maximize the daylight in the hallways and provide a cohesive and inviting sense of space. A double-glazed 32-ft-high aluminum curtain wall also helps to increase the daylighting for the building.

Daylighting is not the only sustainable feature included. Energy-efficient mechanical and electrical systems, along with water-wise plumbing and irrigation, have reduced the building’s dependence on natural resources.

All building elevations had large openings and expansive window coverage to utilize maximum use of natural light and reduce the need for electrical lighting systems. Most of the floor finishes were manufactured using Federal Trade Commission-certified recycled materials with especially low life-cycle maintenance.

Security and technology were also crucial to the station.

The Hollenbeck Police Station project includes many state-of-the-art features that required specialized installation capabilities. Technologically advanced audio/visual equipment, networked video surveillance and access control systems, motion sensor monitors, alarms, and sophisticated data systems were all installed.

All equipment installed by the project team was tested for optimum performance prior to installation to alleviate the potential for delay in the event of malfunction.

Project Team

Owner: City of Los Angeles
General Contractor: FTR International, Inc., Irvine
Architect: AC Martin Partners, Inc., Los Angeles
Civil Engineer: Brandow & Johnston, Los Angeles
MEP Engineer: TMAD Taylor & Gaines, Pasadena