Department of State Hospitals - Metropolitan

Meeting energy requirements & goals for a California state hospital




Norwalk, California




First opened in 1916, California Department of State Hospitals (DSH) – Metropolitan is an 826-bed secure hospital that specializes in psychiatric care.

Due to the facility's age and ongoing budget constraints, DSH-Metropolitan was struggling with failing HVAC equipment, rising maintenance costs, and tenant comfort issues. Additionally, required, aggressive energy and carbon reduction goals were putting a significant financial strain on the hospital and impacting an already understaffed operations and maintenance team.

Our Approach

These challenges compromised the hospital's ability to reliably maintain acceptable indoor environment conditions and achieve its core mission. Southland's scope of work included retrofitting indoor and outdoor lighting, replacing air handling units, modernizing, expanding the energy management control system, and replacing domestic water fixtures. 

The project is fully funded through energy and operational savings.


The project will eliminate over 1,100 tons of carbon emissions annually. In addition to reducing the hospital's carbon footprint, it is projected to reduce electrical consumption by 1,921,184 kWh/yr, and will reduce utility and operational costs by $1,148,030 annually.


  • Successful Partnerships

    Owner:  California Department of State Hospitals
    GC:  Southland Industries