Veterans Affairs West Los Angeles historic district
Los angeles, California

Chattel’s work on the VA West LA Campus has focused on review and compliance under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended, as has involved consultation with the State Historic Preservation Officer, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, Veterans Service Organizations, Native American tribes, Los Angeles Conservancy, and City of Los Angeles Office of Historic Resources.

As a subconsultant to Leo A Daly, Chattel assisted in seismic retrofit evaluations of 14 buildings. Collaborating with a team of architects and engineers, Chattel completed Section 106 review for Building 209, 205, and 208. Chattel advised the team in developing a project that conforms with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation to streamline approval from the State Historic Preservation Officer. Building 209 was on an expedited schedule and was rehabilitated to accommodate a long term therapeutic supportive housing program for homeless Veterans. Chattel also successfully completed a new National Register of Historic Places historic district nomination, and the VA West LA Campus was listed in the National Register in 2014 with 48 contributing resources and 38 non-contributing resources. In 2016, Chattel completed a draft VA West LA Preservation Plan.

The National Register listing was featured on the National Park Service website: https://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/14000926.htm. Rehabilitation of Building 209 was the recipient of numerous awards including a Los Angeles Conservancy Preservation Award, California Preservation Foundation Preservation Award, Society for History in the Federal Government Award, and American Institute of Architect National Housing Award. The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation included the project in its Section 106 success stories, see: https://www.achp.gov/index.php/success-stories/west-los-angeles-va-medical-center.