Expo Park (LA) Community-Centered Design-Build Criteria Development

Client
California Department of General Services, OPEM (Office Expo Park Management)
Collaborators
ZGF, Realm, MCAG, Arup
Project Type
Community Organizing, Design
Audience
Community

Designing in Color (DCo) is working with Arup on Design-Build criteria for the Exposition Park Underground Parking Structure, Headquarters and Community Center, and Park (EPUHC) as a community organizer consultant. Through a community focused plan, our team collaboratively bridges the prime design team, community members, business leaders and main stakeholders in establishing a comprehensive strategic criteria plan for the future development of the site. Our process centers historically disadvantaged and diverse communities in the Exposition Park neighborhood bordered by W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd and S. Figueroa Street.

The Exposition (Expo) Park neighborhood and surrounding communities are a cultural destination for the arts, science, sport, student, and youth identities across Southern California. The booming construction of new cultural institutions and accessible public transportation of the Expo line, makes this area a highly desirable site. With the interchanging needs for housing and more safe community spaces targeted at existing communities of the area, there is significant potential to integrate community voices and direction into the programming and design of this project. While Expo Park has many facilities for visitors, it lacks a space of belonging for residents who call this area home. Our goal is to help bring an identity to the design criteria documents while also communicating how to best work the community so their best interest is a foundation of the design-build delivery process that unearths collective community needs, wants, and opportunities for growth.

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