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|Metro Headquarters Building|
|Alternative names||One Gateway Plaza|
|Location||1 Gateway Plaza|
Los Angeles, California
|Current tenants||Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority|
|Roof||398 ft (121 m)|
|Floor area||650,000 sq ft (60,000 m2)|
|Design and construction|
|Architect(s)||McLarand Vasquez Emsiek & Partners|
|Main contractor||Charles Pankow Builders, Ltd.|
|Public transit access||Union Station|
Patsaouras Transit Plaza
The Metro Headquarters Building (or One Gateway Plaza) is a 398 ft (121 m) high rise office tower in Los Angeles, California. It is located in Northeastern Downtown Los Angeles, east across the tracks from Union Station.
Completed in 1995, it serves as the main headquarters for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
The $145.5 million building is the main fixture of the Patsaouras Transit Plaza and features exquisite artwork throughout the exterior facades and the interior lobby. The main boardroom seats 350 people. The building's design features a blend of contextual influences of 1930s Hispanic-Deco and post-modern architecture. It features four levels of underground parking.
In the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Future's End", a digitally-altered image of the building was used to represent the 1996 headquarters of villain Henry Starling (Ed Begley, Jr.). The building was again seen, this time on a matte painting depicting a building on the Mari homeworld in the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Random Thoughts" in 1997.
The building was also home to the Southern California Regional Rail Authority (Metrolink) from 2011 to 2018.
Prior to its completion, the building was criticized for its use of expensive construction materials as a public agency. One critic dubbed it as a "Taj Mahal" in reference to its Italian granite, English brick and a $300,000 aquarium. However, proponents of the project argued that it would spur development around Union Station and create a new public gathering place.
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