Los Angeles Police Administration Building

The Police Administration Building covers a full city block in downtown Los Angeles. The main building is a 500,000 square foot, ten-story office building. There are also two levels of subterranean parking (350 spaces), several mechanical and communication rooftop penthouses, and a helicopter landing platform. The entire facility has extensive security infrastructure. The site also includes a 450-seat auditorium with theater seating, a 250-seat public restaurant, a water feature, a one-acre park, a sculpture garden, and a police memorial.

Overcoming Schedule Challenges and Change Order Requests

This project involved many entities and required impeccable management, collaboration and efficiency in order to stay on track. The Vanir team approached this challenge head-on. They organized daily meetings and identified all issues putting the project delivery at risk. The project received a total of more than 1,200 change order requests (more than one per day). To combat this challenging issue, the Vanir team devised a system for tying change order requests to RFI’s and submittals, tracking resolutions, and even identifying duplicate requests.

The team’s excellent leadership, problem solving and management skills resulted in the project being delivered on schedule and with a final change order amount of just over six percent of the construction contract amount.

Exceeding Sustainability Goals

This project was originally planned to achieve a US Green Building Council designation of Certified USGBC LEED Building (New Construction). However, the Vanir team determined early on that the contractor’s procurement and waste handling procedures were exceeding anticipated efforts and enhancing the potential for an improved rating. The team worked with the City to fund additional measures related to sustainability and everyone involved made a commitment to reach beyond the stated objective and do everything possible to improve the building’s energy consumption and impact on the environment.

Due to these efforts, the project received a USGBC LEED Gold designation.

An Award Winning Project:

  • 2009 AIA/LA Building Team of the Year Award
  • 2010 Southern CA CMAA Chapter Award
  • 2010 Western Council of Construction Consumers (WCCC) Notable award


Los Angeles, CA


City of Los Angeles, Bureau of Engineering

Design Team

DMJM (AECOM) + Roth/Sheppard


Tutor Saliba Corporation

Construction Cost

$246 million


August 2009


500,000 SF