Three months after we last checked in, the facade details of the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health's new headquarters have come into place in Koreatown.
The $300-million complex, located near the intersection of 6th Street and Vermont Avenue, consists of a 20-story, 295-foot-tall building containing 468,000 square feet of offices above 1,900 parking stalls and a ground-floor peer resource center and walk-in mental health services clinic.
Gensler is designing the tower, which features a glass exterior on its upper floors and metal screening wrapping its above-grade parking levels. Sloping metal fins are arranged across the building facade.
Completion of the office building is on pace to occur in 2021.
The Department of Mental Health's new headquarters is part of the larger Vermont Corridor project, which includes several County owned properties located north of the Wilshire/Vermont subway station.
Trammell Crow Company, which is developing the office tower for the County, will be converted the Department of Mental Health's existing headquarters into housing through its subsidiary High Street Residential. The 12-story building, located on an adjoining site at 6th Street, is approved for a transformation into 172 apartments with ground-floor commercial space.
On the opposite side of Vermont, developers Meta Housing Corp. and Western Community Housing broke ground on another component of the project in April 2019 - a $51.4-million senior affordable housing complex with a YMCA community center.
“The County of Los Angeles is part of the revitalization of communities," said 2nd District Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas during a tour of the construction site. "It means from an economic point of view, from a cultural point of view, and from the perspective of removing the stigma of mental health—this is a monument to self-esteem and self-worth.”
- Vermont Corridor (Urbanize LA)