City of Los Angeles Metro Bomb Squad Facility
Design Achievement - In response to the surge of threats and bomb scares after 9/11, this bomb squad/hazardous materials facility was built to provide first-responders with state-of-the-art emergency response, explosives handling training, and technical operations. The flexible design accommodates future space requirements, new technology developments, training techniques, and staff increases to the year 2030. The facility is also designed as an essential services facility capable of uninterrupted operations with little or no damage following an earthquake. DLR Group's design for this bomb squad building recognizes that officers are subjected to extreme levels of stress associated with the high risk of bodily injury and death and deserve a place of pride and comfort in which to work and train. The result is a facility that is an important piece of civic architecture providing the citizens with a strong symbol of protection.
Scope Summary - The new 23,000 SF Metro Bomb Squad facility is shared by both of the Los Angeles Police Departments' Bomb Squad and Hazardous Material Units. Evidence processing rooms and laboratories, administrative and staff support areas, and an apparatus bay area are located on the ground floor. The second floor, which houses training rooms and lockers, is setback from the street and the perimeter of the first floor is raised to provide shading and security to an outdoor break area. The site area accommodates a communications monopole, secured equipment parking, perimeter security wall, K-9 area with run, and a heavy equipment drive-through area. DLR Group provided all architectural and interior design services.
Cultural Affairs Commission of the City of Los Angeles