The County of Los Angeles has awarded Clark Construction Group California, LP, with design partner AC Martin, the contract for the Hall of Justice Repair and Reuse Project. The Hall of Justice project is the renovation and upgrade of an existing County of Los Angeles building located in downtown Los Angeles. This is a design-build project that was obtained through the “Best Value” process with the County. The 335,000 square-foot project will feature 308,000 square feet of office space equipped with entirely new mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems that tie back into the existing central plant. Clark will be constructing new interior shear walls and drag beams in order to bring the building back up to seismic code after the Northridge Earthquake in 1994 shut the Hall of Justice down. The Los Angeles County Sheriff and the District Attorney will be the new tenants occupying the building upon its completion.
The Hall of Justice was originally built in 1925, making the historical renovations integral to the success of this project for the tenants as well as the residents of Los Angeles County. Historical renovations will include extensive cleaning of the exterior granite, which has recently been completed, and restoration of the marble-clad grand lobby and loggia. The original elevator cabs will be refurbished and installed into the new elevators. In addition, the historic staircases along with one of the courtrooms and law libraries will be preserved and restored to their former condition. The jail cells, which used to reside on the upper floors, have been removed in order to accommodate a functioning office space. One of those jail cells, believed to have housed Charles Manson, will be on display in the Hall of Justice’s new Interpretive Center located on the first floor.
Other enhancements to the Hall of Justice include a new 1000 car parking garage and new landscaping features. The project team will be pursuing a LEED Gold Certification.