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First Look: Forest Service New Angeles National Forest HQ

The United States Forest Service opened its new Angeles Forest headquarters in Arcadia on Tuesday.

The United States Forest Service held an open house and dedication ceremony for its new $14 million Angeles National Forest headquarters at 701 Santa Anita Ave. in Arcadia on Tuesday.

The campus boasts an environmentally-friendly 24,000-square-foot supervisor’s office, which houses more than 80 employees.

The building was paid for with American Reinvestment and Recovery Act funds.

"Since Los Angeles had the most number of people unemployed, there was an emphasis on getting jobs to L.A.," Forest Service Engineer Sonja Bergdahl said.

The Forest Service's Angeles Forest operations received a total of about $20 million from the ARRA for 10 construction projects, including the new headquarters. Trail reconstruction and water system upgrades were among the other ARRA-funded projects.

Here are some fun facts about the new headquarters:

  • Its water retention pond can hold about 60,000 gallons of water.
  • The sun provides roughly 25 percent of the building's energy needs.
  • Electricity use will go down about 17 percent a month because of the building's energy-efficient features.
  • The Forest Service will save 44 percent on its power bill.
Terry December 12, 2012 at 03:34 PM
This is the wooden building you can see from the 210 freeway next to the southern end of the Gold Line Bridge.
Natalie Ragus (Editor) December 12, 2012 at 03:42 PM
It is! It's really neat too. Kind of has that rustic cabin feel, both inside and outside. Really makes me want to plan a trip to Mammoth, Lake Tahoe or Big Bear.
ROBERT E. FISHBACK December 12, 2012 at 04:46 PM
A 24,000 sq ft Supervisors office....that is quite an office.
Jessica Hamlin December 12, 2012 at 05:19 PM
I've been admiring this building from the freeway for a while. It looks like a beautiful lodge I'd love to stay in!
smkmstr J December 12, 2012 at 05:27 PM
A 24,000 sq. ft. Supervisor's office... that houses 80 employees. Take away the square footage for restrooms, break room, etc., that leaves each with about 200 sq. ft.
Matt Maxon December 12, 2012 at 07:16 PM
the forest facilities are crumbling to heaps of rubble, and they're blowing 14 million on a palace? outrageous!
Terry December 12, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Maybe the forest facilities are crumbling because these forest administration guys have been operating out of some crappy trailers for the past 25+ years.
William Korn December 12, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Then I take it you're going to write your local congrescritters and demand the budget for the U.S. Forest Service be increased. It's been pretty stagnant for years and years, with more & more money going to fight fires, less & less to maintain services (or hire forest rangers). Even with that the USFS is under constant attack from conservatives who want to take away the money it does get. In any event, this was Stimulus money, and if you read the article carefully, you'd see there is another $6 million in the grant for doing some of what you say you want.
ROBERT E. FISHBACK December 13, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Well, it is not just the supervisor's office as stated, it is everybody's office. That makes more sense.
Nico December 13, 2012 at 04:45 PM
I like it. I like the new bridge too. Glad to see that some public infrastructure is being built and designed with care.
David Campbell December 16, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Infrastructure is being built on great grandchildren's poverty. We borrowed way too much for this "stimulous" and it didn't work at all, because the money got poured into union coffers to rescue their exhorbitant retirement accounts. This project is a typical exhobitant useless expense. Just a show off property of useless functionality. I love the comment that the trails were poor because the staff worked in trailers. Listen up! They are rangers. They need to be on the range. This plum executive suite is going to be sold off, when the debts come crashing down on the US.

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