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LA Metro Division 13 Bus Operations & Maintenance Facility

Efficiency, functionality, and sustainability take center stage in this design project

  • 540K

    Square Feet

  • $100M

    Construction Value

  • Los Angeles, California

    Los Angeles, California

A highly innovative facility that focuses on sustainability and the contrast of human and urban scales

Division 13 is an innovative, highly sustainable facility that accommodates 525 employees and 200 buses. The 4.8-acre footprint facility was stacked vertically to fit 12.4 acres of program into a compact, urban site.

Our design expresses the fast, urban, auto-dominated avenue that it fronts, but also stands in contrast to the adjacent transportation building elevation that was designed to relate to the pedestrian scale and create a humanized, approachable face to the agency. The ‘slow’ façade was further highlighted by the public plaza and illuminated art lantern integrated into the architecture. The design was not only meant to be highly functional, sustainable, and efficient, but also an energetic, restorative project that creates a healthier work environment. In addition to the photovoltaic system, 100% rain-water capture, and green roof systems, the naturally illuminated people spaces, the vibrant and open interiors, and the shared fitness studio all contribute the principles of sustainability.

We designed a facility that stands in stark contrast to the uninspired spaces that have become commonplace with most transit facilities. Division 13 is sleek, modern, and beautiful and a fine addition to downtown Los Angeles. 

At a Glance

Offices
Awards
ACEC National Recognition Award, Engineering Excellence, National Recognition Award, 2017
Building Design + Construction Building Team Awards, Silver Award, 2016
USGBC LA Chapter Sustainable Innovation Award, Honor Award in the Water Efficiency Category, 2016

Inspiring. Sustainable. Functional.

Division 13 is an innovative facility that is highly functional, sustainable, and efficient, but also an energetic, restorative facility that creates a healthier work environment.

Meet Our Team

Ken Anderson, Senior Principal, Transit Sector Leader, Buildings

Architecture has the ability to speak to the human soul. We have a responsibility with every project to create innovative, resilient spaces that connect people to the greater spirit of living.
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Rachel Bannon-Godfrey, Senior Principal, Discipline Leader – Sustainability (Buildings)

Sustainable design is a vague and undefined term, but that doesn’t mean our approach to it can be.
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Barb Berastegui, Senior Associate, Buildings

Each project is so unique, I try to create spaces that tell a story about the ‘place’ developed from the goals of the client and the specificity of the site.
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Rachel Fitzgerald , Senior Associate, Discipline Lead, Lighting

I love that my work blends science and technology with design and experience.
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Patrick M. McKelvey , Senior Principal

Our purpose and goal is to create better places through thoughtful, creative, and responsive planning and design.

Will Todd, Senior Associate

Through the projects I work on and the relationships I form, it’s my goal to leave the world a better place than I found it.

Jared Weismantel, Senior Industrial Architect

I thrive in an environment focused on exploration and collaboration with a commitment to efficient and holistic design solutions.
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Ken Anderson

Senior Principal, Transit Sector Leader, Buildings

Rachel Bannon-Godfrey

Senior Principal, Discipline Leader – Sustainability (Buildings)

Barb Berastegui

Senior Associate, Buildings

Rachel Fitzgerald

Senior Associate, Discipline Lead, Lighting

Patrick M. McKelvey

Senior Principal

Will Todd

Senior Associate

Jared Weismantel

Senior Industrial Architect

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