Public Facilities / Healthcare

Union Station

The Client

Swinerton Builders traces its roots back to 1888, when a young Swedish immigrant formed a brick masonry and contract business in Los Angeles. The company now maintains a dozen offices in six states and still operates under California contractor’s license number 92 – the one it obtained in 1927 when the state first began issuing licenses. Many Swinerton-built structures now claim a spot on the National Register of Historic Places and other architectural preservation lists. Swinerton is a 100% employee-owned company with a culture of collaboration and working toward a common purpose: to be the preferred builder and trusted partner in every market they serve, proudly leading with integrity, passion, and excellence.

The Project

Opened in 1939, Los Angeles Union Station is marked by colorful tiles, shady arcades, fountains, and towering palms: the epitome of Southern California glamour. Today, it is a vital intermodal transportation center that serves as a hub for intercity passenger rail, commuter rail, and bus services. As of 2014, more than 60,000 travelers, commuters, and visitors passed through the station every day. With the goals of celebrating the site’s history, improving the passenger experience, creating a great destination, and preparing for High Speed Rail, the Union Station Master Plan was established to guide future development of the station. In an early stage of the Master Plan, Pierre participated in the landscaping of Union Station’s bus station, Patsaouras Transit Plaza. The project involved installing an irrigation system composed of 35 automatic sprinkler zones, 9,190 linear feet of drip line, and 115 sprinkler heads. Plantings included hydroseed, sod, 29 flats of ground cover, 18 flats of 4” pots, 1,940 plants ranging in size from 1-gallon pots to fifteen-gallon pots, 65 trees ranging in size from 24” boxes to 48” boxes, 16 Washingtonia robusta palms, and relocating 5 Cycas revolute palms and 4 Dracaenas. 1150 cubic yards of lightweight planter mix, 3 tons of decorative gravel, and 75 cubic yards of mulch accompanied all the new plants.  


Customer: Swinerton Builders
Architect: kornrandolph
Description: Public Facility
Location: Los Angeles, California
Project: Union Station
Scope: Landscape including irrigation, ground cover, shrubs, trees, palms, aggregate, amendment, and mulch.

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