|San Fernando Valley Family Support Center. Image from HKS Architects via World Architecture News.|
Back in September, longtime County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky announced that the San Fernando Valley Family Support Center was breaking ground in Van Nuys. Located at the southwest corner of Van Nuys Boulevard and Saticoy Street, the 220,000 square foot project carries a price tag of $175.9 million. When the LEED Gold certified facility opens in August 2015, the departments of Children and Family Services, Public Social Services, Child Support Services, Probation, Health Services, Mental Health and Public Healthy shall be unified under one roof. Putting these agencies in close quarters will hopefully facilitate better collaboration, allowing them to serve the citizens of LA County more effectively. The five-story structure was designed by Los Angeles based HKS Architects, whose prior work includes the Montage Beverly Hills. A key feature of the 6.8 acre campus is its large interior courtyard, featuring numerous gathering spaces and a children's play area. Family oriented, indeed.