The city believes clean technology is not only smart and responsible but also a growth opportunity
The City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP) and Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) have officially opened an innovation hub focused on cleantech. The La Kretz Innovation Campus is located in a renovated building owned by LADWP at 5th and Hewitt Streets in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles, comprising 3.2 acres.
The facility is open to the public and serves as home to LADWP customer service and engineering staff as well as LACI, a non-profit organisation helping cleantech companies deliver market-ready solutions and spur economic development and job creation in Los Angeles.
“The La Kretz Innovation Campus embodies the ambition and forward thinking that make Los Angeles a world centre for green industry,” said Mayor Garcetti. “This campus will foster innovation, create jobs, and set an example for cities everywhere. Clean technology is not only smart and responsible but also a terrific growth opportunity. For all those reasons, we should invest our time and resources into making it a huge success.”
Purchased in 2010, the former furniture and fabric warehouse underwent a significant renovation designed by John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects (JFAK). It is designed to be a LEED Platinum Certified building, utilising state-of-the-art green technology like a 175 kilowatt photovoltaic solar canopy, fast charger EV stations and bioswales that naturally filter stormwater into the ground. The campus also houses the first public greywater filtration and energy microgrid systems in Los Angeles.
“By utilising this space to showcase all of the latest green technologies, we hope to inspire customers, both residential and commercial, to adopt some of the systems for themselves,” LADWP General Manager David Wright said. “The La Kretz Innovation Campus not only showcases the clean tech available to customers today, but it also allows the innovation and development necessary to create the products of tomorrow – boosting LA’s economy along the way.”
The 60,000-square-foot La Kretz Innovation Campus facility features office space and amenities for LACI’s burgeoning cleantech portfolio companies to utilise as they grow and develop their businesses. The Campus features collaborative workspace, an advanced prototyping centre (including a 3D printing and laser shop, electronics, robotics and chemistry labs), a training centre, amphitheatre and event space. It also has LADWP laboratories for both customer engagement and energy efficiency technology while a case study area showcases energy and water saving products.
LACI helps manage the La Kretz Innovation Campus, recruiting entrepreneurs, organisations and community thought leaders focused on the region’s clean energy sector to rent space and develop businesses within the building. The shared-space design allows emerging cleantech portfolio companies and LADWP engineers to work side-by-side with leaders in innovation and environmental sustainability, receiving guidance and mentorship as they develop new technologies that both grow Los Angeles’ economy and promote sustainability amongst Angelenos.
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