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.
Sign up below for our campus tour. Groups between 5 and 25 visitors are invited to make a Group Reservation below. If you are visiting solo or with a friend, please select Individual Reservation below.
Tour duration is 75 minutes, held most Mondays at 3:00PM and most Wednesdays at 10:00AM (excluding holidays). If your group size is larger than 15 people, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for tour scheduling.
Tour duration is 1 hour, held most Fridays at 12:00PM (excluding holidays).
Since opening its doors in November 2015, the LKIC has convened hundreds of sustainability and clean technology focused events, attracting thousands of attendees, including heads of state like former Vice President Joe Biden, First Lady of Germany Elke Büdenbender, and Prime Minister of Spain Pedro Sánchez.
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.
The 60,000 square foot campus sits on 3.2 acres and has achieved LEED Platinum and WELL Gold certification. It includes state-of-the-art green technology, including a 175 kilowatt photovoltaic solar canopy, chargers for 32 EVs, bioswales, and LA’s first public greywater filtration and microgrid systems.
This award-winning facility features 30,000 square feet of office, hot desks, event space, and the Advanced Prototyping Center (APC).
APC members can ideate, design, and build innovative products, and subsequently test and certify their technology, all under one roof. This extraordinary workspace includes an electronics lab, chemistry lab, cell lab, CNC center, water jet center, welding shop, 3D printing shop, use of premium CAD software, laser cutters, woodworking, an assembly bay, training centers, and more.
A former furniture and fabric warehouse, the building was purchased in 2010 and underwent a significant renovation, designed by John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects (JFAK). Located in the dynamic Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles, the LKIC sits next door to the Arts District Park in the heart of a community brimming with a growing number of vibrant creative industries.
The neighborhood is alive with restaurants, bars, art galleries, and museums, with SCI-Arc and Little Tokyo within walking distance. The LKIC parking lot has charging capability for 32 EVs, and the campus is easily accessible via a wide variety of alternative transportation options, including DASH, Metro, and car sharing services like flexLA.
Major funding for the LKIC was provided by the City of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, and the United States Economic Development Administration. All told, LADWP paid for 42 percent of the $47 million campus purchase and renovation, with the remainder of funds provided through donations, grants, and other state and federal funding sources. The LKIC is owned by LADWP.