LA Metro Division 14 Expo Light Rail Operations & Maintenance Facility

Santa Monica, California

Metro Division 14 serves to optimize efficiency and functionality for transportation in one of the country's largest, most populous counties.


Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Project Size

70,000 sf
9.7 acre site

Building Performance

Pursuing LEED Gold
Net Zero Energy Ready

Professional Services

Interior Design
Lighting Design
Master Planning

LA Metro Division 14 Expo Light Rail Operations & Maintenance Facility
The steel lobby stairs hang from the roof structure.

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) serves as the transportation planner and coordinator, designer, builder, and operator for one of the country’s largest, most populous counties. More than 9.6 million people live, work, and play within its 1,433-square-mile service area. The Expo Line connects Santa Monica by rail to Downtown Los Angeles, Pasadena, San Fernando Valley, South Bay, Long Beach and a number of points in between. Division 14 Operations and Maintenance Facility (OMF) is a critical component of that service.

This facility was specifically designed to optimize efficiency and functionality of rail operations. The site contains six storage tracks for three-car trainsets, a light maintenance and repair shop, administration facility, blow-down facility, run-through wash building, double-track interior car cleaning platform, and a traction power substation designed to maintain the fleet of 45 vehicles. The site includes parking for staff and visitors with paved aprons, ramps and roadways, landscaping, perimeter security walls and fencing, and a 24/7 guarded entry.

The facility was designed to integrate into the neighborhood and reach a remarkable level of sustainability. Utilizing a triple bottom line approach for environmental, economic, and social indicators, RNL set a new standard for innovative and sustainable transit facilities in the industry.

Sustainable Statistics
  • 20Solar water heating will provide 20% of the HVAC heating energy for the building.
  • 50Solar thermal collectors will produce 50% of the DHW demand.
“It was important to Metro that the Expo Maintenance Facility represent innovation, sustainability, functionality, and wellness. These were all key concerns RNL was able to incorporate into the design of the facility. The completed facility is on track to attain LEED Gold certification, and beyond that, we anticipate it to be a favorite workplace for Metro employees.
Tim Lindholm LA Metro Executive Officer, Capital Projects

Meet the team

LA Metro Division 14 Expo Light Rail Operations & Maintenance Facility


Los Angeles and Abu Dhabi

Pat McKelvey is Senior Principal, Los Angeles Office Studio Lead and MENA Region Director. In addition to producing award-winning design work in 20 countries, over the course of his 30 years with RNL, Pat has been instrumental in setting up successful offices for RNL in Los Angeles and Abu Dhabi, UAE.

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LA Metro Division 14 Expo Light Rail Operations & Maintenance Facility


Project Manager/Architect

Early in life, Will Todd expressed to his parents that he wanted to be an Architect, and he never lost sight of that goal. Now with nearly a decade of experience in the industry, Will is responsible for managing some of RNL’s most complex projects.

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