Hall of Justice Repair & Reuse Project
Los Angeles County
The Hall of Justice Repair and Reuse Project is a renovation and upgrade of an existing County of Los Angeles building located in downtown Los Angeles. The 335,000 SF project features 308,000 SF of office space equipped with entirely new mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems that tie back into the existing central plant.
The Hall of Justice was originally built in 1925, and closed because of seismic damage from the 1994 Northridge earthquake. Historical renovations include extensive cleaning of the exterior granite and restoration of the marble-clad grand lobby and loggia. The original elevator cabs were refurbished and installed into the new elevators. In addition, the historic staircases along with one of the courtrooms and law libraries were preserved and restored to their former condition. The jail cells, which used to reside on the upper floors, were removed in order to accommodate functioning office space. The project goal was to restore the Hall of Justice as a landmark for the downtown Los Angeles Civic Center.
Unusual/Distinctive Project Elements
This is a restoration/reuse project that involved gutting the building and replacing the MEP system while taking care to keep many of the historic elements intact. The marble-clad grand lobby and loggia has been restored, original elevator cabs have been refurbished and installed into new elevators, and the historic staircases and one of the courtrooms and law libraries have been preserved and restored. Jail cells from the top floors have been removed, with the historically significant ones preserved for future use.
Sustainable Features & Design Strategies
• Decision to preserve this landmark instead of tearing it down and building new,
which would have been less expensive.
• All water that falls on site—as well as the sub-surface water that is pumped out of sumps
under parking garage—goes through on-site biofiltration before being discharged to the storm system.
• The project utilizes steam and chilled water from central plan across the street, making it highly efficient.
• A large percentage of offices have windows and natural light.
This building is certified LEED® Gold.
- 2015 Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Historic Preservation
- California Preservation Foundation
- 2015 Award of Excellence – City of LA Green Building Award
- Los Angeles Business Council Architectural Awards
- 2015 National Design-Build Project/Team Award
- Design-Build Institute of America, National (DBIA)
- 2015 Regional Award of Excellence
- Design-Build Institute of America, Western Pacific Chapter
- 2015 Project of the Year (Projects Less than $10m)
- Construction Management Assoc. of America, S. California Chapter
- 2015 Best Public Project
- Los Angeles Business Journal Commercial Real Estate Awards
- 2014 Best Project
- American Public Works Association, Southern California Chapter