Registrar Recorder County Clerk

Registrar Recorder – County Clerk Service Center

Santa Fe Springs, CA

 

Cost & Scope $5.6 million, 110,000 square feet

Key Personnel Michael Lehrer - Design Lead Principal

Travis Frankel - Project Designer

Consultants 

Peter Gevorkian Ph.D. - Electrical Engineer

John Labib S.E. - Structural Engineer

Cumming LLC - Cost Estimators

George V Hovaguimian, PE - Mechanical Engineer

Serge Davalokhanian, ME - Plumbing Engineer

Gérard Sanchis - Specification Writer

 

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 2011    Inside/Outside Office Design II (China), December
2011    January/February, FORM;, Design Awards: Citation