La Kretz Innovation Campus / Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator

WELL Gold & LEED Platinum

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s (LADWP) La Kretz Innovation Campus is a space where science, entrepreneurship, environmentalism, and policymaking merge to advance the development of a sustainable future that includes clean and abundant water supplies, a commitment to 100% renewable energy, and an inclusive green economy. It is also a showcase for labs, working exhibits, and educational opportunities for customers, students, and visitors alike, offering ways to save money, conserve water and electricity, and learn valuable information on rebates available to all LADWP customers.

SIZE: 60,000 SF globally

SUSTAINABILITY: WELL Gold (ASAP), LEED Platinum (BuroHappold)

MARKET SECTOR: Commercial Office, Laboratory, Co-Work

LOCATION: Downtown Los Angeles (Arts District), CA, USA

The LKIC serves as the home for the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) who, on behalf of the LADWP and the City of Los Angeles, is the steward of this great facility. LADWP is a founding partner of LACI, proudly supporting their game-changing work in incubating startups, transforming markets through unprecedented programs like the Transportation Electrification Partnership, and enhancing community with their commitment to diversity and inclusion and workforce development.

With over 30,000 visitors each year from all walks of life, 15 events a week, and a growing network of partners that includes citizens, entrepreneurs, engineers, environmental organizations, corporations, and government agencies, the campus gives LADWP a platform to educate and inspire with student field trips, STEM programming, and workforce development, offering opportunity and accessibility to the green economy to communities all over LA.

Located in LA’s Arts District, the fully-renovated campus, managed by the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), is a 60,000 square-foot, one-story brick masonry building that was purchased by LADWP in 2010. La Kretz was able to achieve LEED Platinum status, thanks in large part to state-of-the-art, innovative design features such as the greywater system that provides irrigation for a neighboring park, a microgrid energy solar and battery system, a 175-kilowatt photovoltaic solar canopy, fast charger EV stations and two bioswales.

The building was able to achieve WELL Gold due to the facility’s access to LADWP’s quality potable water system, enhanced inside air quality and acoustics, access to daylight and views, healthy vending machines, snacks & drinks, and the overall well-being of the building design.

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At LADWP, we are proud to have our sustainability practices extend to not only our customers, but our internal operations as well. By implementing extensive clean energy measures throughout our facilities, we are leading by example to help minimize our environmental impact.

Nancy Sutley, Chief Sustainability Officer

Achieving WELL Gold and LEED Platinum certification at the La Kretz Innovation Campus is well-deserved recognition of LADWP’s commitment to sustainability through the campus—a living laboratory of innovation, technology, customer education and climate action.

Matt Petersen, CEO, LACI


  • 2019 USGBC-LA Chapter Project of the Year
  • 2017 Los Angeles and Mexico City Sustainable Real Estate Award
  • 2017 Rudy Bruner Silver Medal for Urban Excellence
  • 2016 ENR California Award of Merit for Green Project in Southern California