The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works (LACDPW) Headquarters Building celebrated the opening of their new Community Terrace in Alhambra, California. HMC Architects, Landscape Architects ABHE/MIG, and county staff attended the special ribbon-cutting ceremony.
This project was originally conceived in 2019 as a wellness garden for DPW staff located at their Alhambra headquarters. The original space was an acre of inaccessible landscape and green roof area around the building. The new design encourages people to take a break outdoors with walking paths, shade structures, an exercise area, and an open amphitheater. A new bridge connects the mezzanine level of the building directly to the terrace, so it can be easily accessed by staff and the community. The landscape design features native plants and highlights the different ecoregions within L.A. County. Signage describing each ecoregion is located throughout the site. Meandering pathways through the garden connect the seating areas and the amphitheater. The new community terrace is a beautiful space for staff to enjoy their lunch, take a walk break, or socialize with coworkers.
The collaborative team that brought this vision to life includes:
Architect: HMC Architects
Landscape Architects: ABHE/MIG
Civil Engineer: Kimley Horn
MEP Engineer: E2Di
Structural Engineer: IMEG