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
- 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
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