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Hollenbeck Police Station

Los Angeles, CA United States

AC Martin


Project Description

The Hollenbeck Police Station routinely responds to gang violence and drug problems in the neighborhood, and the brutal design of the old building matched the area’s toughness with a hard, unwelcoming exterior. With the replacement station, AC Martin sought to change that.

Instead of unyielding brick walls, the design team made liberal use of glass. The entrance is located in an undulated glass façade featuring roughly 70 bent frosted-glass panels. Each panel consists of two pieces of bent clear glass laminated together with a translucent interlayer, creating a semi-opacity that obscures what’s going on inside, but still allows light to filter through. The pieces attach to a curtain wall system with a custom aluminum bracket designed in-house at AC Martin, and then further engineered by Dallas-based Curtain Wall Design & Consulting. While the glass panels on the façade are not bulletproof, the glass behind them is. The effect is a sculptural, staccato display that serves Martin’s idea of literal and figurative transparency, an important tool in building trust with the community. Fully operational since July, the station is on its way to earning LEED Gold certification

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Project Details

Hollenbeck Police Station
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    Carey McLeod, principal-in-charge; David C. Martin, design principal; Rana Makarem, project manager; Christopher King, senior designer; Elizabeth Eshel, interior designer; Norm Title, production
  • Construction Manager: FTR International 
  • General Contractor: FTR International 
  • Structural Engineer: AC Martin 
  • Civil Engineer: AC Martin 
  • Electrical Engineer: TMAD 
  • Mechanical Engineer: TMAD 
  • Plumbing Engineer: TMAD 
  • Landscape Architect: Melendrez Design Partner 
  • Programming: Jay Farbstein & Associates 
  • Security/Date/Telecom: EASI 
  • Glass Consultant: Curtain Wall Design & Consulting 
  • Glass Installer: Delta Structure 
  • Specifications: CSI 
  • QA/QC: Miralles Associates 
  • Estimating: Iskander Associates 
  • Signage: Selbert Perkins Design 
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    179,000 sq ft
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Specified Products

Eco Surfaces Eco Earth & Eco Stone Color Lines

Recycled rubber floors fill most of the station’s internal areas. The floors have four color schemes, each corresponding to a different programmatic use of space—from break rooms to the watch commander’s area to detainee processing. In addition, the soft feel of the rubber provides some relief for officers throughout their highly mobile workday.

Bullet-Resistant Glazing California Glass Bending Bullet-Resistant Glazing

The glass façade of the Hollenbeck replacement station would seem to be a security risk, but with a 13/16"-thick bulletproof glass curtain wall behind the sculptural glass panels, the station can be both safe and attractive. About 1 1/4" thick, the glass carries a Level 1 bullet-resistant glazing on all surfaces up to 6' above the floor line.



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