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Oct. 7, 2019

Charles H. Pannunzio
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 Officials participating in Monday's groundbreaking include, from left, Los Angeles Airport Police Acting Assistant Chief Tyrone Stallings, LAWA Chief Operating Officer Justin Erbacci, Hensel Phelps Program Executive Jeff Brunswig, LAWA Chief Executive Officer Deborah Flint, Board of Airport Commissioners Vice President Valeria Velasco, Los Angeles City Council Member Mike Bonin, Board of Airport Commissioners Member Nicholas Roxborough, LAWA Deputy Executive Director for Public Safety David L. Maggard Jr., Los Angeles Airport Peace Officers Association President Marshall McClain, California State Sen. Steve Bradford, Los Angeles Deputy Mayor Jeff Gorell and Los Angeles City Council Member Paul Koretz.

(Los Angeles, CA) Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) broke ground today on a state-of-the-art $220 million Airport Police Facility that will consolidate operations from eight separate locations under one roof just north of the Central Terminal Area in Westchester.


“The new consolidated LAWA Police facility, which will watch over all of LAX as well as the LAX Northside, will improve public safety and allow for faster responses times to calls on or immediately adjacent to airport property," said the Hon. Mike Bonin, Los Angeles City Council Member, District 11. "It will also be a revitalizing improvement for the neighborhood, bringing more business and economic growth to the many small businesses in Downtown Westchester.”


"The design of this new facility is as functional as it is beautiful, and will help us to continue operating LAX safely and securely, which is important not only to our guests, but  to our neighbors as well," said Valeria Velasco, Vice President, Board of Airport Commissioners. "This is LAWA’s first project groundbreaking in Westchester that is part of our Northside Plan and we are excited to see it get underway."


Consolidation of the current police facilities was a recommendation in the 2011 Report of the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Airport Security. The 160,000-square-foot building will be located on the northeast corner of Westchester Parkway and Loyola Boulevard. The 12-acre development will also include a new 960-stall parking structure.


“Ensuring the safety and security of our guests and employees is the foundation of everything we do at Los Angeles World Airports and this new state-of-the-art Airport Police Facility will facilitate more efficient operations across our various police divisions and with our partner agencies,” said Deborah Flint, CEO, Los Angeles World Airports. “The Los Angeles Airport Police Division is the largest airport police department in the country, and with this new facility our APD will be even better equipped to serve our airports for decades to come.”


"Our new police facility will provide a contemporary and professional environment to support the important work done around the clock by the men and women of the Airport Police," said David L. Maggard Jr., Deputy Executive Director, Public Safety, LAWA. "As a result, we will be both more efficient and more effective in the way we provide the highest level of public safety services to the airport community."


"Hensel Phelps is proud to have been entrusted with the delivery of this historic facility for the LAX Airport Police Department, a long time in the making," said Jeff Brunswig, Program Executive, Hensel Phelps.


The new 160,000-square-foot facility will include space for the Los Angeles Airport Police Division’s (APD) Office of Operations, Office of Support Services, Office of Homeland Security and Intelligence, Emergency Service Unit, Traffic and Security Group, Bomb Disposal Unit, K-9 Unit, a practice range and a multi-purpose room. It will also include a landscaped paseo along Westchester Parkway.


Consolidating many of the APD operations at one site will improve the communication and coordination of operations and resources for essential public safety services at LAX. When completed, it will be one of the largest police facilities in the state.


The Airport Police Facility project will include many sustainability features including dual-piping for future recycled water use. The maximum size solar/photo-voltaic system allowed will be installed on the headquarters building, consistent with Federal Aviation Administration requirements, for glare and other technical considerations. The facility is being built to CalGreen Tier 1 standards and designed to attain, at a minimum, LEED Silver certification.

The facility is being designed and constructed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM) and Hensel Phelps (HP).


The project advances LAWA’s strategic goal and objective to “Deliver Facilities & Guest

Experiences that are Exceptional: Develop, maintain and operate first class facilities.”

The innovative facility is designed to accommodate continuous operations of critical police functions, with infrastructure to support the next generation of law-enforcement technologies and practices.

The building is expected to be open and fully functioning by mid-2021.

LAWA Chief Executive Officer Deborah Flint, left, applauds as Los Angeles City Council Member
Mike Bonin speaks during Monday's groundbreaking ceremony.

Rendering shows the Airport Police Facility at Westchester Parkway and South Loyola Boulevard.

About Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA)
Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) is the City of Los Angeles department that owns and operates Los Angeles International (LAX) and Van Nuys (VNY) general aviation airports, as well as aviation-related property in Palmdale. Both play an integral role in helping to meet the Southern California regional demand for passenger, cargo and general aviation service. Both airports make a distinct contribution to the strength of the system as it provides a high level of safety, security and service for its customers, communities and stakeholders. More information can be found at

As a covered entity under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability and, upon request, will provide reasonable accommodation to ensure equal access to its programs, services, and activities. Alternative formats in large print, braille, audio, and other forms (if possible) will be provided upon request.


About Los Angeles Airport Police Division

In addition to 550 sworn officers, Los Angeles Airport Police Division also employs 430 security officers and nearly 200 civilian professional staff. As the largest aviation law enforcement agency in the nation, Airport Police patrols and secures Los Angeles International Airport, the nation’s second busiest and world’s fifth busiest airport, and Van Nuys general aviation airport.

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