Metropolitan State Hospital | Nutrition Services Facility

Project overview

Metropolitan State Hospital is an acute licensed psychiatric hospital serving adult patients from Los Angeles and Orange counties. The hospital’s original kitchen was built in 1950 and could no longer keep up with demand. In July 2005, Vanir was selected to provide construction management/staff augmentation services for the new, LEED Gold Certified kitchen, one of the first cook-chill facilities to earn this certification, and the only one of its kind in California.

Cooking with the environment in mind

Our team assisted the Department of General Services in commissioning environmentally sound practices, including:

  • Reduction of water use by 30% in all non-food production areas
  • Reduction of CFCs in HVAC system with the use of environmentally-safe refrigerants
  • Optimized energy efficiency with the lowest energy usage
  • Storage and collection of recyclables
  • Recycled and low-emission building materials
  • Optimized use of daylight without the use of artificial light


  • U.S. Green Building Council LEED Gold Certified


Norwalk, CA


California Department of State Hospitals (Formerly Department of Mental Health)

Design Team



DJM Construction

Construction Cost

$25 million


October 2009


27,000 SF