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Inside the New LAPD Headquarters

By Eric Richardson
Published: Thursday, September 03, 2009, at 05:41PM
New LAPD Headquarters Eric Richardson [Flickr]

The lobby of the new LAPD Headquarters, across 1st street from City Hall.

Across the street from City Hall, crews are hard at work on the final touches that must be completed before the new Police Administration Building is handed over to LAPD next week. The 10-story headquarters is the centerpiece of a $437 million project that also includes the nearby Motor Transport Division complex on Main street and a parking garage on 1st street.

This afternoon, Councilwoman Jan Perry and City Engineer Gary Moore led a small media tour through the nearly-complete facility, which will be formally dedicated this month.

The headquarters building is roughly 500,000 square feet, and will consolidate LAPD offices currently spread out in several different facilities. 2300 LAPD officers and civilian employees will work inside the building.

A 400-seat auditorium will offer space for department meetings, but also for the community. "I expect there will be a lot of community meetings here," said Perry.

Police commission meetings will take place in a different hearing room inside the building, but the auditorium is wired up in such a way that it can act as substitute site for meetings with larger audiences.

While those who currently work inside Parker Center are likely thrilled at the prospect of the modern facilities inside the building, residents Downtown will spend much more time interacting with the abundant landscaping around it. Colorful, drought-resistant plants can be found on all sides of the complex, and a large lawn on 2nd street is surrounded by plenty of seating. A restaurant in the building opens out onto the park area, and is slated to be called L.A. Reflections.

On the roof of the restaurant is a memorial to fallen LAPD officers, accessed via a terraced lawn.

The building was designed by DMJM. Landscaping was designed by Meléndrez.


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