Los Angeles County Registrar Recorder County Clerk Elections Operations Center
Santa Fe Springs, CA
Client: County Clerk Service Center
Cost & Scope: $5.6 million; 110,000 sq. ft.
John Labib S.E., John Labib & Associates – Structural Engineer
Peter Gevorkian Ph.D., Vector Delta Design Group – Electrical Engineer
George V. Hovaguimian, PE, Airplus Engineering Consultants, LLC – Mechanical Engineer
Serge Davalokhanian, ME, Airplus Engineering Consultants, LLC – Plumbing Engineer
Gerard Sanchis, ANC/CSI – Specification Writer
Completion Date: October, 2008
The Registrar Recorder – County Clerk Service Center is a 110,000-square-foot office and warehouse facility that processes all of the voting material for Los Angeles County. For every election, Service Center organizes and sends out voting booths and ballots to Los Angeles’ 5000 voting precincts. On election night all of the voting material is retrieved and returned to be processed at the center.
The new facility will be housed in a 110,000 sq ft tilt-up concrete warehouse that the County purchased. The build out includes 18,000 sq ft of office space for the Registrar Recorder staff, the storage capacity for over 3000 pallets containing voting material, the capacity for 5000 newly implemented digital vote recording units, and facilities to count and process all of the votes associated with an election.
Designed and built-out in approximately 11 months the 110,000-square-foot facility will be complete in time for the preparation of voting material for the election in November 2007. This fast track approach made the collaborative process between the client, architect and consultant team critical and intense. Through the process of value engineering the design for the facility has become very efficient and cost-effective.
Lehrer Architects was given a program layout by the chief administrative office of the Los Angeles County.
Original layout included a 18000 sq. ft. mezzanine to be used for storage of digital ballot readers. As a result of value engineering the mezzanine space had to be removed from the design.
In working with the storage consultant, Lehrer Architects came up with an inventive solution that eliminated the need for the mezzanine and still satisfied client’s storage needs.
Lehrer Architects was given a program layout by the chief administrative office of the Los Angeles County. LA worked with the program layout to drastically improve the quality of the space and maximize efficiency.
One of the spaces where this is evident is the employee cafeteria. This space serves as a hub between the warehouse and the administrative offices, and is the only place where all employees come together. It was critical that this area performed as an important communal space. This was achieved by taking advantage of the existing high ceilings and colorful fabric enclosure. The design also allowed greater access to natural light by locating it adjacent to existing windows and skylights.
Institute Honor Award for Interior Architecture, The American Institute of Architects 2011
Westside Prize Honor Award, Westside Urban Forum 2011
Merit Award for Excellence in Design, The American Institute of Architects California Council 2010
Award of Merit for Excellence in Design, The American Institute of Architects Los Angeles 2010
Honor Award, Environments Category, Annual Design Review I.D. Magazine 2009
Honor Award, Graphis Magazine 2009
Honorable Mention for Design Excellence Architect Magazine 2009
Award of Excellence for “exceptional contribution” in the Renovated Buildings category, Los Angeles Business Council. 2009
Honor Award Southern California Development Forum 2008
2008 October CurbedLA.com website Dakota Lehrer Architects in Santa Fe Springs, Architecture Talk at A+D RRCC
2008 November LA Times Newspaper Cristopher Hawthorne 1 person, 1 vote, 1 big storage spot RRCC
2009 November Building and Design Construction Magazine New Project Portfolio Registrar Recorder
2009 December OF Arch, Italian publication, Magazine Suffragium Registrar Recorder / County Clerk
2009 November Building Design + Construction Magzine New Projects Portfolio: Voting center redesigned where it counts Registrar Recorder / County Clerk
2009 November Architect Magazine Annual Design Review: Work Registrar Recorder / County Clerk
2009 November/December OF Arch (Italy); #111 Magazine Suffragium Registrar Recorder / County Clerk
2011 February FastCompany.com Online FastCo: A Nerve Center of Democracy Gets the Building It Deserves Registrar Recorder / County Clerk