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: Art Ponzio

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 (2016) Tenant Satisfaction Survey, 60% rated the federal building and GSA services four or five on a five-point scale.

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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.

Occupant Information

Access & Hours of Operation

The building is fully operational (lighting and HVAC services) from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday excluding federal holidays. Tenants may access the building 24 hours a day/7 days a week including federal holidays. A key card will be required for access at all times.

Tenant agency employees must use their HSPD-12 PIV cards for after-hours access. All requests for PIV card enrollment in the Physical Access Control System (PACS) must be vetted by the tenant agency's management and communicated to the GSA Property Manager for approval. The GSA Property Manager enrolls tenant agency employees at the enrollment station in the GSA Property Management Office located on the first floor in Room 1016. Our telephone number is 310-725-7693.


Contract guard service is in place to protect the property and the tenants. Your help is needed; cooperation and awareness will help them do their job. Guards are on duty 24 hours a day/7 days a week (including holidays). For all emergency or security concerns, or if no guard is available please call FPS Denver Mega Center at 877-437-7411.

Joint Use/Shared Services

Standard services are commonly included as part of the rent charged by GSA as documented in the Occupancy Agreement. Reimbursable services are normally excluded from the rent and are funded through a Reimbursable Work Authorization (RWA). Examples include after-hours lighting, special or after-hours cleaning, office space carpet cleaning, uninterruptible power services, and non-standard trash removal.

Conference Rooms: Please contact FAA Building Services for use of conference rooms. Dial Peggy Butler at ext. 7301 to be directed to the conference room manager for each floor.

Building Operations

Maintenance & Service Requests: Please contact FAA Building Services at Ext. 7301 or 7691 during the hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, for janitorial, HVAC, elevator, lighting, or any other service provided by GSA in our building. FAA Building Services will relay the request to the GSA West Los Angeles Field Office for action. A mechanic is on duty from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Custodial Services: GSA provides cleaning for assigned space equal to commercial cleaning for similar space. The following services are standard: vacuuming, sweeping and dusting; emptying trash; servicing restrooms, lobbies, corridors, and other common areas; servicing loading docks and platforms; washing windows; and pest control. Carpet spot removal can be done on an as-needed basis. Overall shampooing is done as a reimbursable service and should take place on a regular basis to preserve the appearance and condition of the carpet.

Lighting/HVAC: Ten hours of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and lighting are provided at no additional cost during normal duty hours. Additional service outside this timeframe is available on a reimbursable basis with advanced notice to the GSA Property Management Office.

Utility Closets: Tenant and tenant vendor access to electrical and telephone closets can be obtained by contacting the operations and maintenance office at 310-725-7692. Please do not install equipment in these closets without first contacting the GSA Property Management Office.

Tenant Controlled Space Alteration: Space alterations should not be performed without first contacting the GSA Property Manager. GSA can provide alteration solutions to meet your needs. Alteration projects are normally funded through a Reimbursable Work Authorization (RWA). Also, it is building policy that work that might disrupt building tenants (e.g. paint fumes, construction noise, etc.) be accomplished after standard building operating hours.

Under the conditions above, if you are authorized to perform alterations within your space, you must adhere to all building-specific regulations with respect to contractor access, clearance procedures, and all other conditions governing general access and security controls relative to this building.

For any questions, please call the GSA Property Manager at 310-725-7693.

Miscellaneous Topics

Occupant Emergency Plan: As the lead tenant in this building, the FAA is responsible for creating and updating the Occupant Emergency Plan. Please take time to become familiar with it, and participate in Building Security Committee meetings.

Displays: Please do not post or display any material outside tenant space without first contacting the GSA Property Manager at 310-725-7693. Displays may be posted in the corridors between the east and west lobbies or in the lobbies, but again, please contact the Property Manager prior to taking any action.

Personal Property: Please do not put surplus items in building common space (i.e., corridors, elevators, loading dock, etc.). Doing so may impede egress should the building need to be evacuated. GSA will be glad to advise you about excessing surplus property.

Loading Dock: The loading dock is open from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Scheduling the use of the loading dock for deliveries, moves, etc., can be arranged through FAA Building Services at Ext. 7691 or the GSA Property Manager at 310-725-7693. A credentialed employee must be present at all times while warehouse or loading dock hallway doors are open, so it is imperative that the GSA or on-site maintenance contractor be informed at least 24 hours advance to make these arrangements.

If a vehicle(s) will be at the dock for more than one hour, it must be attended in the event it needs to be moved for other deliveries/services.

Deliveries: To minimize disruption to other occupants, we encourage tenants to arrange large deliveries outside of normal business hours. In the event of after-hours activities, the tenant will be responsible for arranging guard services by contacting FAA Building Services at Ext. 7691 or email anthony.williams@faa.gov.

Recycling: Tenants are encouraged to take advantage of the building-wide recycling program, which includes paper, glass bottles and jars, metal cans, plastic containers and cardboard. Any questions regarding recycling, please contact the janitorial contractor supervisor at 310-725-7694 or the GSA Property Manager at 310-725-7693.

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