Denver, CO Architects

Los Angeles Police Department New Headquarters Facility

  • Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles Police Department Headquarters Facility

The programming and design of this dynamic new 480,000 square foot Los Angeles Police Department [LAPD] Administration Headquarters Facility presented a singular set of challenges to the design team led by Los Angeles-based AECOM and Denver-based Roth Sheppard Architects. In addition to addressing critical contextual and site considerations, this landmark public building had to meet precise programmatic mandates and modern day federal security requirements while delivering an iconic counterpoint to the City’s most powerful architecture. The resultant LEED Gold structure and inviting urban spaces throughout the 162,508 square foot site, deliver a striking, yet highly functional new headquarters to the Los Angeles Civic Center and downtown community.  

Programmatically, the building’s internal functions include police administrative services, investigative operations, a variety of large assembly areas [police commission hearing room, conference center and state-of-the-art Compstat Command Center] and below grade parking. A 200-seat café and 450-seat auditorium are located outside the building’s footprint to service LAPD employees and the general public while activating the street front.

Bound by some of the City’s most notable buildings and thoroughfares—including the Los Angeles City Hall, the Los Angeles Times Building, and the California Department of Transportation District 7 Headquarters—the AECOM/Roth + Sheppard design team organized the surrounding site into a series of scaled urban spaces. The placement of these outdoor ‘rooms,’ designed to introduce a multitude of nature-based experiences, help meet today’s stringent setback and security requirements. Additionally, a police memorial garden, one-acre community park, ‘ArtWalk’ and civic plaza designed for police ceremonies and press events wrap the complex, greatly enhancing the pedestrian experience.

Extensive collaboration through regularly scheduled meetings and workshops with the LAPD, Bureau of Engineering, Department of Public Works, Office of the Mayor, Los Angeles City Council, Cultural Affairs Commission, Project Restore’s First Street Design Team and community members, helped deliver a headquarters that meets critical security and programmatic requirements, conveys a sense of openness and connection with the surrounding urban fabric, and ultimately enhances the legacy of the City of Los Angeles for decades to come.

Los Angeles Police Department Headquarters Facility

Los Angeles, California

Completion Date: 2009

AECOM / Roth Sheppard Joint Venture