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John Ferraro Building

Los Angeles Department of

Water and Power Headquarters

Los Angeles, California

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 faciliated the Department’s field inspections.

Awards Info


  • 1999 Twenty-Five Year Award
    • AIA/National Chapter
  • 1970 Architectural Design, Competition Award
    • Architects & Engieers Forum
  • 1967 Premier Grand Prix Award
    • AIA/Los Angeles Chapter,City of Los Angeles
  • 1966 Honor Award
    • AIA/Los Angeles Chapter