Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Headquarters (renamed the John Ferraro Building in 2000) provided a central headquarters complex that consolidated eleven scattered offices of one of the nation’s largest public utilities on a 13-acre hillside site which formed the westerly terminus of the Los Angeles Civic Center at the time of completion. The 17-story office building served as a complete “working city” for 4,000 civil service employees with a base structure accommodating 2,400 cars. The typical office floor is approximately an acre in size, with a total of approximately 1,635,000 SF. A helistop located on the penthouse level facilitated the Department’s field inspections.
Outstanding design features included the development of a straightforward, strong and simple building form with a horizontal emphasis of a translucent character, acting as a complementary neighbor to the buildings within the Civic Center and the Music Center. A major part of its aesthetic character was determined by the use of illumination as a design element and in the development of a unique three-dimensional “space increment,” which provided a “balanced environment” concept of cooling and lighting.