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South Central Los Angeles Regional Center, Legacy Plaza

AE3 Partners

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2500 South Western Blvd



South Central Los Angeles Regional Center


  • Doug Davis
  • Regi Runnels


  • Civil Engineer: VTN West, Inc.
  • Mechanical Engineer: SY Lee Associates, Inc.
  • Structural Engineer: Nabih Youssef & Associates
  • Other: Historic Architect Historic Resources Group (HRG)
  • General Contractor: KSJ & VCC Joint Venture
  • Other: Steinberg Architects

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Year Completed



100,000 sq. feet

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Project Description

AE3 designed the Legacy Plaza project for the South Central Los Angeles Regional Center (SCLARC). SCLARC is a private, non-profit community-based organization and is one of 21 regional centers that serve communities throughout California. Since 1974, SCLARC has provided essential services to persons with developmental disabilities and their families. Legacy Plaza enhances SCLARC’s ability to address programming needs, provides adequate space for their 250 employees, and will become an invaluable and much needed community asset and resource.

The major office development project included the renovation of the historic Golden State Mutual Building and construction of the new 2-story Legacy Building. Together, the structures provide more than 100,000 square feet of office space for SCLARC’s present and future staffing needs. The project also included construction of a 5-story, 320-space, semi-subterranean parking structure that serves the entire campus.

The Golden State Mutual Building was originally built in 1949 and designed by the first African American certified architect in California, Paul Revere Williams. It was the home of Golden State Mutual Insurance for over 60 years and closed down in 2010. In 2011, the Los Angeles City Council named the building an official historic monument. Renovation of the building presented many challenges including maintaining the building’s historic legacy and preserving multiple murals depicting African American history in California.

The new, 2-story, 55,000 square foot Legacy Plaza building was constructed adjacent to the Golden State Mutual building. It provides clinical and psychological assessment space, educational and training areas, a family resource center, and office space. Within the space is a state-of-the-art video conferencing center and 400-seat auditorium. Outdoor features include a landscaped public plaza, water feature and monument honoring Paul Revere Williams.

The project exceeds the 2010 CALGreen standard for sustainable design. Energy efficient systems and fixtures include water conserving plumbing fixtures and zero to low VOC building materials. In addition, the rectangular building footprint, combined with regular punched windows, help manage cost while meeting programmatic requirements.

This project demonstrates how thoughtful design can support a complex institutional program and successfully serve the needs of the surrounding community, while adhering to stringent budget constraints.
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