Valley Bomb Squad Facility12001 North Blucher Avenue
Granada Hills, CA 91344
Design Achievement - The Valley Bomb Squad Facility provides emergency response to situations involving explosive and hazardous materials as well as support for the Special Weapons and Tactics Unit (SWAT) during emergency tactical exercises. However, the Squad had long-endured cramped quarters and make-shift areas for training in an existing facility. DLR Group's design for this new building offers a secure, comfortable, attractive and self-contained facility housing highly specialized operations, equipment, and data as well as space for training hazardous-materials responders. The facility's L-shape frames the outdoor training area, and the contemporary architecture complements an adjacent structure forming a cohesive campus
Scope Summary - The 23,000 SF Metro Bomb Squad facility is shared by both of the Los Angeles Police Departments' Bomb Squad and Hazardous Materials Units. Evidence processing rooms and laboratories, administrative and staff support areas and the apparatus bay are all located on the ground floor. The second floor, which houses training rooms and lockers, is set back from the street, and the perimeter of the first floor is raised to provide shading and security to an outdoor break area. The site accommodates a communications monopole, secured equipment parking, perimeter security wall, K-9 area with run, and a heavy equipment drive-through area. A training area supports current technology training, disrupter test pits, a robot obstacle course, a small laboratory with support functions and small Apparatus Bay. DLR Group provided planning, architecture, interior design and construction administration.