Caltrans District 7 Headquarters - Los Angeles, California

Development Industries, Inc. provided Design Management and Quality Management (QA/QC) services on this new landmark project in downtown Los Angeles.  The project was executed in a fast-track design/build delivery method and was designed and built in only 29 months. When completed in 2004, the Caltrans District 7 Headquarters building was the largest LEED Silver project in the US. The project also received numerous awards including the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) National Design-Build Award.


Through an international design competition, The State of California, Department of General Services, selected the team of Clark Design/Build and Morphosis Architects to design and build this futuristic high rise project. Design on the project began in February 2002, with construction starting in May 2002, and the project was completed in September 2004. Total design & construction costs were $190M.  Scope of the project included 1.2 million gross square feet, (750,000 gsf office building with 300,000 gsf underground parking garage).


One of the many unique features of the building is the prototypical "dual-skin" system, including a pneumatically-operated perforated aluminum panel system covering the east and west facades that functions similar to an exterior sunshade, and opens/closes during the day as the sun passes over the building. Another unique feature of the building is the photovolotaic system on the south facade, which was custom-designed and UL-listed for the building, and at the time of completion was the largest building-integrated solar panel /photovoltaic system in North America, contributing to the building's "silver" LEED rating.


  • AIA Los Angeles - Building Team of the Year
  • DBIA - National Design-Build Award, Public Sector Building $15 Million+
  • L.A. Business Council - Architectural Award, Best Future Design
  • L.A. Business Council - Architectural Award, Unbuilt Category
  • L.A. Downtown News - Most Environmentally Aware Design
  • Southern California Development Forum Industry Award