John Ferraro Building

Los Angeles Department of

Water and Power Headquarters

Los Angeles, CA


  • 1999 Twenty-Five Year Award
    • AIA National Chapter
  • 1970 Architectural Design, Competition Award
    • Architects & Engieers Forum
  • 1967 Premier Grand Prix Award
    • AIA Los Angeles Chapter/City of Los Angeles
  • 1966 Honor Award
    • AIA Los Angeles Chapter

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Headquarters (renamed the John Ferraro Building in 2000) provided a central headquarters complex that consolidated eleven scattered offices of one of the nation’s largest public utilities on a 13-acre hillside site which formed the westerly terminus of the Los Angeles Civic Center at the time of completion. The 17-story office building served as a complete “working city” for 4,000 civil service employees with a base structure accommodating 2,400 cars. The typical office floor is approximately an acre in size, with a total of approximately 1,635,000 SF. A helistop located on the penthouse level faciliated the Department’s field inspections.