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City of Los Angeles Metro Detention Center

This progressive, short-term holding center consists of a 512-bed central jail facility connected to a Los Angeles Police Property Division covering 179,000 square feet with required parking. 

City of Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
Silver LEED
2011 Completed

Working in association with HOK, the design team was hired by the City of Los Angeles to lead the development of this “Type I” local jail facility used for the holding of persons for 96 hours or less. The detention center is co-located with the Police Administration Building, Motor Transport Division/Motor Pool, Child Care Center, Occupational Health and Services Division, and Public Parking – and as such, required special safety and logistical considerations that were incorporated into our “Campus Setting Design” master plan. 

The project adheres to strict city and state requirements for correctional facilities that fulfill rigid functional and budgetary requirements, with a key emphasis on hierarchy of access, surveillance and security controls to ensure a safe and successful environment.

Kirk Shimazu

Associate Director | US Civic Lead, Buildings
Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles, CA

Kirk Shimazu is the US Civic Lead where he draws upon over 40 years of architecture, planning and urban design experience. His critical thinking skills enables him to engage in thoughtful design solutions from the earliest design phases through construction documents minimizing change orders in the field. He effectively leads project teams and assures client goals and expectations are met in a timely and economical manner. Kirk’s extensive project background and strength in design have been key to the ultimate success of numerous project assignments. His commitment to quality design informs the development of the building elements, systems, materials and details to achieve functionality, durability and long-term flexibility through the process of value design.