When was Parker Center built and when did it close?
The Parker Center, the former LAPD headquarters, was completed in 1955. With the passage of time, the building needed extensive seismic updates. City Council selected a new site for LAPD Headquarters and Parker Center has been vacant since 2013.
Why is Parker Center being demolished?
The Parker Center, built in 1955, was closed in 2013 after studies showed it to be seismically deficient. The City explored the possibility of renovating the building, however studies showed it to be operationally obsolete, not code-compliant and vulnerable to safety and structural issues. It also had hazardous materials and building components that could not be upgraded.
The demolition of Parker Center is the first phase of a multi-year master plan, which includes the construction of the new Los Angeles Street Civic Building. Due to Parker Center’s close proximity to City Hall, the City identified the under-utilized site as a way to maximize and consolidate city services.
When will the demolition of Parker Center be completed?
Demolition of Parker Center began in June 2018. Removal of the above-ground structure from 8th floor to ground level was completed in July 2019. The final below-grade elements, including foundations, parking structure, and installation of computer ductwork is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.
How was the demolition carried out?
Low Impact Development Best Management Practices were employed to limit the effects on the surrounding community and environment. Removal of the above-ground structure was completed in July 2019 and included removal of the building, the foundations, utility tunnels and related activities. It also included relocation of utilities, re-routing of fiber optic network, and installation of duct banks to bundle and protect buried cables (electrical, fiber optics, etc.) which are needed to support future development. This phase also included a graded, temporary excavation road plate, a temporary maintenance ramp, security fencing and lighting.
How was the surrounding community kept informed?
At the project’s initiation in June 2018, a community meeting was held to describe the demolition process, what to expect, the schedule, and ways to stay informed. Construction notices and updates to inform the community were regularly distributed, and a project hotline, for English-, Spanish and Japanese-speaking community members was established and publicized.
What is expected to replace the demolished Parker Center?
The site will be home to a new building that will be part of a larger master plan for the Civic Center area. The new Los Angeles Street Civic Building will house hundreds of City employees that are currently in other spaces. Future development of the site will move forward following demolition.