SAN PEDRO, Calif. — June 29, 2010 — The Port of Los Angeles’ Fanfare Fountains and water features at the entrance to the world cruise center and along the Harbor Blvd. Parkway promenade have received  a Los Angeles Architectural Award in the landscape architecture category by the Los Angeles Business Council.

Pumping 400,000 gallons of recycled water, with nearly 60 custom fountain jets coupled with spectacular water streams,  the fountains on the east side of the Swinford Street and Harbor Boulevard intersection in San Pedro are synchronized to music and lights to create beautiful, one-of-a-kind public water shows..

“We are proud to honor the design and development team that created the new Fanfare fountain for bringing cutting-edge landscape architecture to the Port of Los Angeles,” said Mary Leslie, President of the Los Angeles Business Council. “This fountain has helped to transform the complex – a major economic engine for Southern California – into an important space for public gathering.”

“Since its grand opening two years ago, this fountain has served as a marveling attraction to welcome visitors to the Port of Los Angeles and our World Cruise Center,” added Mike Christensen, Port of Los Angeles Deputy Executive Director of Development. “When the fountain water streams shoot 100 feet in the air against the backdrop of the towering Vincent Thomas Bridge, it’s quite a sight to see.”

Now the largest water feature in California, the fountains and water features were designed by WET of Sun Valley, Calif. – the designers of The Fountains of Bellagio, The Fountains of CityCenter, Revson Fountain at Lincoln Center and others around the world.

“We’re thrilled that this water feature is bringing attention to a thriving, urban area of Los Angeles, said Mark Fuller, Chief Executive Officer of WET. “Fanfare was a highly collaborative effort with our partners AECOM and the Port of Los Angeles, and WET is pleased to share this award with them.”

The Los Angeles Business Council (LABC) is renowned for its advocacy and educational programs throughout the region, and is a representative of business leaders from all industry sectors. The LABC provides its members with strong conduits to local, state and federal officials through targeted policy and key issue briefings, and annually hosts the influential Mayoral Housing, Education and Sustainability Summits and Los Angeles Architectural Awards luncheon.

The Port of Los Angeles is America’s premier port and has a strong commitment to developing innovative strategic and sustainable operations that benefit the economy as well as the quality of life for the region and the nation it serves.  As the leading seaport in North America in terms of shipping container volume and cargo value, the Port generates 919,000 regional jobs and $39.1 billion in annual wages and tax revenues.  A proprietary department of the City of Los Angeles, the Port is self-supporting and does not receive taxpayer dollars. The Port of Los Angeles – A cleaner port.  A brighter future.