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The Challenges

Since 1955, the Police Administration Building (PAB) of the Los Angeles Police Department has been at 150 North Los Angeles Street. After his untimely death in 1966 while serving as Chief of Police, PAB was dedicated “Parker Center” in honor of the legendary Chief.

In the mid 1990s, a comprehensive analysis proved what most everyone on the LAPD already knew: Parker Center had reached the end its service life. In 2003, after years of delay and a lack of funding, the Los Angeles City Council approved the use of Municipal Improvement Corporation of Los Angeles Bonds to fund the project. Several sites were considered, but 100 West First Street was finally selected.

The new Headquarters is a 500,000 square-foot structure that features 10 floors, a café called LA Reflections, both underground parking and a parking structure, and a 400 seat civic auditorium. The building received a Silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification. The new building utilizes energy efficient mechanical systems, day-lighting, high-performance glass and recycled or renewable building materials.

BEST Contracting supplied and installed above and below grade waterproofing, single ply roofing, built-up roofing, elastomeric coatings, green (vegetative) roofing and pedestrian area pavers.

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Project Data

Building Use: City Building
Scope of Work: Waterproofing, Membrane Roofing, Vegetative Roofing
Location: Los Angeles, CA
General Contractor: Tutor Saliba
Project Value: $3,968,082