GLASSELL PARK -- Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell joined Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck and Police Commissioner Steve Soboroff on Monday to break ground on a new state-of-the-art police station in the 13th District.
When construction is complete, the 55,000 sq. ft. state-of-the art facility will stand two stories tall and include 131 parking spaces. The building will house the Police Department’s Northeast Division at 3353 San Fernando Road in Glassell Park.
“This is an important day for our District and for our City” said O’Farrell. “This new facility will enable our officers to work in a much safer and more productive working environment. Our officers deserve clean and quality work environments, especially since they face unknown dangers whenever they leave the station."
“The new Northeast Division will not just be a house; it will be a home - a home to the finest police officers in the country and to the deserving communities they serve," said Captain Jeff Bert. "I look forward to moving our Children's Toy and Book nook - now crammed into an obscure corner of the station - to the front and center of the new station's sprawling lobby, so every child who enters our station is not only greeted by a warm smile, but gets a toy and a book.”
The $22.5 million construction project is being being built using Prop Q fund savings, which is a City-wide Public Safety bond measure.
Deborah Weintraub led the City team who designed the new facility. The station will be a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver rated facility, and include design elements such as water-efficient and energy-efficient fixtures, locally sourced materials, an EPA Energy Star "Cool Roof" to reduce solar heat gain, interior materials chosen for outstanding interior air quality, natural day light for interior spaces, double glazed low-emissivity windows, and light sensors to turn on lighting only when required.
“This project is the first extensive implementation of Building Information Modeling (BIM) for design and construction for an Engineering project,” said Deborah Weintraub, the Interim City Engineer. “BIM allows a detailed three dimensional model of every building component, and enables us to resolve conflicts between building elements in a computer model, rather than in the field. The construction workers have the BIM model on a computer pad, and can stand in the construction site and see in detail exactly where their installation should be placed. We are very excited about the use of this new technology."
"I applaud our Bureau of Engineering on the ability to make this new station possible," said O'Farrell. "The new, energy efficient station will save the City money and become a model for future designs of city-owned properties."
The Northeast Community Police Station serves the communities of Atwater, Cypress Park, Eagle Rock, East Hollywood, Echo Park, Elysian Park, Elysian Valley, Glassell Park, Griffith Park, Highland Park, Los Feliz, Mt. Washington, and Silverlake Northeast Area and is under the jurisdiction of Central Bureau.
The new station building is expected to be available in 2015, and the full site completed in spring 2016.