Morrow Meadows

LA County Dept. of Mental Health

Project Details


Location: Los Angeles, CA

Size: 843,876 sf

Attributes: Design Build, Preconstruction,

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Morrow Meadows is proud to be a part of this exciting, new 21-story, Class-A office tower project in Downtown Los Angeles. This facility will be the new home of the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health and the Department of Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services. The project includes 21 stories of offices, 7 stories of above-grade parking and two stories of office support, lobby and ground level services and retail space. Future phases of the project will include 172 residential apartments, 72 units of senior housing and a 13,200 sf community center and is planned to adhere to USGBC LEED construction standards. The project is set to open in 2021. At the peak of construction, Morrow Meadows Corporation will have approximately 50 members of IBEW Local 11 working on this project. MMC is the EEOR. This project consists of a ground level that includes retail space and back of house space for the Owner along with a loading dock and parking. The next seven levels are poured in place concrete parking structure for 850 cars. Sitting atop the parking structure is a Terrace Level and an additional 12 floors on top of that. The structure on top of the podium parking accounts for 400,000 square feet of office space, meeting rooms, dining facilities, work out facility, printing shop, media room and a meeting space that is meant to serve the public. The main electrical service to the project is served from LADWP at 480v from their on-site transformer yard fed at 34.5KVA. The service feeds two (2) 4000amp main switchboards. One switchboard feeds the first level and the parking structure which includes the chiller plant and fire pumps. The other switchboard feeds the entire 400,000 square feet of office space above the podium parking structure. The lighting design and control is significant to the project in that we were able to provide the needed lighting levels in the open office areas while keeping the total watts per square foot to a very low 0.6 watts! Most of the lighting comes from over 20,000 feet of linear direct/indirect fixtures. The entire building is floor-to-ceiling glass so getting the lighting control system right was of utmost importance. Daylight harvesting and dimming of linear fixtures that all bisect each of the two mandatory zones plus continuing into the center of the building past the two zones made getting this correct up front even more important. You would expect that a 20 story building of this size would require a generator of substantial size to keep the elevators, fire pumps, fire life safety system, stairwell pressurization fans and egress lighting all going at one time but we were able to keep the size down to a 750kw. It is located behind the building next to the LADWP service yard for easy of maintenance and refueling.