Bringing New Life to the Hazard Park Armory

Legacy LA Celebrates

Before Evaluation and renovations. After renovation at the first annual gala.


Once in a while, we are fortunate to participate on a project that not only serves a function, but gives back to our local communities. A couple of weeks ago, we attended the grand opening of the newly renovated Legacy LA facility and their first annual gala.

Degenkolb was first introduced to both the building and the organization almost five years ago when we were asked to do a seismic evaluation of the existing 1953 U.S. Army armory that consisted of four adjoining one-story concrete structures with a wood roof diaphragm. Legacy LA, who occupies the building, was subsequently able to raise funds to realize the first phase of the building’s transformation.

Working with Architects RACAIA, the first phase included a new entrance with an architecturally distinctive “light box”, tenant improvements including new office space, and the required seismic improvements specified by Degenkolb.

Legacy LA is a community-based organization that makes positive interventions in the lives of young, at-risk, Latino youth and families living in the Ramona Gardens neighborhood and surrounding communities. They provide leadership development, academic support, arts and expression, and mentoring.

We truly enjoyed the beautiful southern California evening, the meal that was served by students who take part in Legacy LA’s programs, and the stories told by Legacy LA’s Director, Lou Calanche, and others reflecting their pride in the community. We were proud to be a part of the transformation of the building and excited for the continued growth of Legacy LA’s outreach and the future phases of the building.

To learn more about Legacy LA click here

For more information on the project contact Matt Barnard at:

Degenkolb’s Matt Barnard and RACAIA’s Richard Chavira at the Gala.


Hazard Park Armory’s new “lightbox” at night.