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LA Metro Division 14 Light Rail Operations & Maintenance Facility

An innovative, sustainable, and light-filled facility

  • 70K

    Square Feet

  • $115M

    Construction Value

  • Santa Monica, California

    Santa Monica, California

The design of Division 14 represents innovation, sustainability, functionality, and wellness.

Designed to exceed LA Metro’s sustainability, wellness and innovation goals, Division 14 enhances operations and maintenance, promotes employee wellness, and integrates seamlessly into the surrounding community.

Our design team worked closely with LA Metro to overcome site challenges and delivered a facility that goes well beyond the basic functionality requirements of a typical operations and maintenance facility. Passive strategies like harvesting daylight to reduce electrical demands and using the mild Southern California climate to help reduce mechanical demand were combined with innovative design strategies for water, energy use and ventilation. The result? The facility is LEED-NC Gold certified and is Net Zero Energy ready. Beyond that, the team worked closely with neighborhood stakeholders during the design process to ensure the facility was a good neighbor to the surrounding community.

Division 14 sets the standard for a new kind of transit facility design: functional, beautiful, sustainable, and mindful of the needs of the people who use it. It is ultimately a shining example of the power of a collaborative design team and a forward-thinking transit agency.

At a Glance

ACEC California Chapter Engineering Excellence Awards, Honor Award, 2018
USGBC Los Angeles Chapter Sustainable Innovation Awards, Merit Award for Health & Wellbeing, 2017
Building Design + Construction Building Team Awards, Gold Award, 2017

Setting the standard for MRO sustainability

Division 14 is a full-featured operations and maintenance facility that includes six storage tracks for three-car trainsets, a light maintenance and repair shop, and a traction power substation designed to maintain the fleet of 45 vehicles.

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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Molly Weismantel, Project Manager

Focusing transit facility design on people supports not only those people directly but also a sustainable and vibrant community.

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

Molly Weismantel

Project Manager

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