Hawthorne Federal Building

Hawthorne Federal Building15000 Aviation Boulevard
Lawndale, CA 90261

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The Hawthorne Federal Building is the Federal Aviation Administration's West Coast headquarters.

Building Information

Property Manager: Jeffrey Brown

Public Hours: 6 a.m.– 4 p.m. Monday through Friday (except federal holidays)

For more building information or service calls, see contact information at top right (or by scrolling down on mobile devices). For other federal government information, call 800-FED-INFO.

Public Parking

There is visitor parking for the general public on the west side of the building on the street side of the vehicle bollards. Vehicles that travel beyond the bollards may be subject to inspection.

Public Access

All public visitors are required to pass through electronic security equipment located on the first floor. ADA access is available at the east entrance to the building.

Key Tenants

The only tenant is the Federal Aviation Administration. In the latest (2015) Tenant Satisfaction Survey, 60% rated the federal building and GSA services four or five on a five-point scale.

Additional information for tenants >

Building Services

Cafeteria Public 1st floor M-F 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Vending Machines Public 1st floor, cafeteria seating area 24/7
SkyOne Credit Union/Bank Public 1st floor, adjacent to west lobby M-F 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. (closed 10:45 to 11:30 a.m.)
ATMs Public Ground floor, west lobby 24/7
Fitness Center Federal Employees Only 1st floor, Room 1002  

Public Art

The ceramic and low-fire clay sculpture Ikaros by Robert Arneson rests in the lobby.

History and Architecture

The Hawthorne Federal Building was a formative project in the careers of renowned architects César Pelli and Anthony Lumsden who went on to design such buildings as Petronas Towers and the Moscone Center in San Francisco, respectively. It is one of the earliest known buildings to be designed with the concept of an exterior "skin." In this design approach, windows are not expressed as openings in the facade, but instead the glazing acts a membrane to enclose the building. While this type of architecture is common today, it was innovative at the time.

The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2015. 


The building received Energy Star recognition in 2012. West Basin Municipal Water District recognized the building for Commitment to Environmental Stewardship for being a Recycled Water Partner since 1997.

Last Reviewed 2016-09-16