Destination Crenshaw

Los Angeles, CA

  • Services Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering
  • Market(s) Civic, Roadway, Transportation/Transit
  • Awards Merit Award - Cityscapes AIA Los Angeles, 2021
    Merit Award - Public/Open Space Westside Urban Forum, 2021
    Honor Award - Unbuilt National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA), 2019



$40 M

project cost
  • Owner City of Los Angeles, Council District 8 and Destination Crenshaw LLC
  • Architect Perkins & Will
  • Contractor PCL Construction
  • Collaborators Studio-MLA
  • Team Los Angeles, CA
Destination Crenshaw

Celebrating Black LA: Sound, Color, Energy, and the Arts

During planning of the LA Metro Rail extension connecting LAX to central LA, the decision to route the rail line above ground at Crenshaw Boulevard could have impacted the Crenshaw community, the heart of Black LA. Instead, an opportunity emerged to foster the area’s strong arts culture.

As the nation’s largest art and cultural celebration of African American contribution to world culture, Destination Crenshaw features rotating art installations, ten new public parks, exhibits, and entirely new streetscapes. The project includes adaptive reuse of underutilized parking lots for community recreational spaces in form of pocket parks and art installation. KPFF partnered with Perkins + Will to manage design and construction phasing with Metro’s LAX-Crenshaw Light Rail and City of Los Angeles Public Works Department, creating improvements that span between West 60th Street and West Vernon Avenue parallel to LAX-Crenshaw Light Rail.

Read more about the project in recent press from NextCity.

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