Looks like the leaders of the LAPD’s SWAT Team are concerned with style as well as security. The former Rampart police station in Historic Filipinotown is being converted into the home for the LAPD’s Metropolitan Division, which includes the SWAT Team. Last week, the conceptual design for the renovated station was one of the projects honored during the 2012 L.A. Architecture Awards.
Since the Rampart Division moved to a new station on Sixth Street in 2008, the old station has remained empty, serving as a magnet for taggers, copper thieves and neighborhood complaints about trash and litter.
The LAPD’s plans to turn the former station at Temple Street and Benton Way into the SWAT team headquarters have been challenged by some activists, which have proposed using the facility for other community uses. But the LAPD has shown no sign of backing down.
The design concept created by Perkins & Will, the architecture firm that created the new Rampart Station, would sheath the exterior of the 1966 building in glass and allow more natural light to pour into the interior. The L.A. Architecture Awards, hosted by the Los Angeles Business Council, hailed the concept:
The design provides a fresh, accessible exterior image and increases cross-platoon collaboration and staff amenities while respecting the original architecture …. The design proposal strategically carves the 1966 concrete bunker to allow diffused sunlight into high-priority areas, and a central slot of light creates an interconnecting central hub in the heart of the building.
The renovation of the station is expected to cost $17.6 million