2821 Newport Boulevard
Newport Beach, CA 92663

JANUARY 7, 2000



1.0 General Introduction
1.1 Background & Purpose
1.2 Boundaries & Description of Site
1.3 How to Use the Guidelines

2.0 City Zoning Standards and Requirements

3.0 Design Guidelines
3.1 Site Design
3.1.1 Land Use
3.1.2 Streetscape
3.1.3 Parking & Building Setbacks
3.1.4 Vehicular Circulation
3.1.5 Parking
3.1.6 Pedestrian Circulation
3.1.7 Landscape
3.1.8 Terraces & Plazas
3.1.9 Site Lighting
3.2 Building Design
3.2.1 Mass / Form
3.2.2 Proportion
3.2.3 Emphasis
3.2.4  Balance
3.2.5 Rhythm
3.2.6 Scale
3.2.7 Style
3.2.8 Entry
3.2.9 Roofs
3.2.10 Window Treatment
3.2.11 Building Lighting/Electrical
3.2.12 Materials
3.2.13 Color
3.3 Signage


Thirtieth Street Architects, Inc. would sincerely like to thank the following 
people for their assistance in the preparation of this document:

Calabasas City Council
Calabasas Planning Commission
Civic Center Advisory Committee (CCAC)
Citizens of Calabasas
Mr. Charles Cate, City Manager
Mr. Mark Persico, Project Manager
Ms. Robin Parker, City Clerk

City Department Heads and Staff

In particular, we would like to personally acknowledge the individual members of the CCAC for their hard work, patience and dedication:

Ms. Sue Carpenter
Mr. Gordon Conable
Ms. Lesley Devine
Ms. Susan Feller
Mr. Michael Fichera
Mr. Fred Gaines
Mr. Toby Keeler
Mr. James LeeWong
Mr. William Pauli
Mr. David Shapiro

Mr. Dennis Washburn

ADAPTIVE REUSE—converting a building designed for specific use to a new use (e.g. a residence converted to office space).

ARCADE—An arched roof or covered passage way.

ARCH—A curved structure supporting its weight over an open space such as a door or window.

ARTICULATION—Clear and distinct separation between design elements.

BALUSTER—An upright support for a rail.

BALUSTRADE—A series of balusters surmounted by a rail.

BAY WINDOW—A window projecting outward from the main wall of a building.

BOLLARD—A vertical, freestanding, short post used as a barrier to vehicles.

BOSQUE—A space defined by a geometrical grouping of trees.

CAPITAL—The upper part of a column, pilaster, or pier: the three most commonly used types are Corinthian, Doric, and Ionic.

CANTILEVER—A beam or architectural element projecting beyond a wall line without support from below.

CLAPBOARD—A long thin board graduating in thickness with the thick overlapping the thin edges; also known as weatherboard.

CLERESTORY—An upward extension of a single storied space used to provide windows for lighting and ventilation.

COLONNADE—A row of columns supporting a roof structure.

CORNICE—A projection at the top of a wall, usually decorative.

CUPOLA—A small structure, sometimes rectangular but usually round in plan, projecting from the ridge of a roof.

DORMER—A vertically framed window which projects from a sloping roof and has a roof of its own.

DOUBLE HUNG WINDOW—A window with an upper and lower sash arranged so that each slides vertically past the other.

EAVES—The under part of a sloping roof that overhangs a wall.

ECLECTIC—A composition of elements from different styles.

FACADE—The front of a building.

FASCIA—A flat strip or band with a small projection, often found near the roofline in a single story building.

FINIAL—A vertical ornamentation at the top of a gable or tower.

FENESTRATION—The arrangement and design of windows in a building.

FIRE RETARDANT—Will not burn readily or provide fuel to a fire.

FOOTCANDLE—A unit of measurement of illumination.

FRIEZE—A decorative sculptural ornament which is very flat and shallow.

GABLE—The triangular part of an exterior wall, created by the angle of a pitched roof.

GAMBREL ROOF—A roof with a broken slope creating two pitches between eaves and ridges, found often on barns.

HIP ROOF—A roof with four uniformly pitched sides.

INFILL—Generally refers to a newly constructed building within an existing developed area.

KIOSK—A small, light structure with one or more open sides often used for displaying information.

LINTEL—The horizontal member above a door or window which supports the wall above the opening.

MANSARD—A roof with two slopes on each side, the lower slope being much steeper; frequently used to add a window to an upper story.

MONOCHROMATIC—Painting with a single hue or color.

MULLIONS—The divisional pieces in a multi-pane window.

NEWEL POST—The major upright support at the end of a stair railing or a guardrail at a landing.

NON-DESCRIPT—Without distinctive architectural form or style. Ordinary and without architectural character.

PALLADIAN WINDOW—A three part window with central, top-arched portion and long, narrow rectangular windows on either side.

PARAPET—The part of a wall which rises above the edge of a roof.

PARTY WALL—A single or double wall at a side property line which provides structural support and fire protection for the two buildings on each side of the property line.

PIER—A stout column or pillar.

PILASTER—A column attached to a wall or a pier.

PITCH—The slope of a roof expressed in terms of a ratio of height to span.

PORTAL—The principal entry of a structure.

PORTICO—A large porch, usually with a pedimented roof supported by columns.

RAFTER—A structural member of the roof that extends from the ridge to the eaves and is used to support the roof deck, shingles, or other roof coverings.

REHABILITATION—Alterations to historic buildings which maintain the significant architectural style of the building while meeting the needs of current uses.

REMODELING—Any change or alteration to a building which substantially alters its original state.

RENOVATION—To make like new again, but not necessarily preserving the architectural integrity of the original.

REPRODUCTION—To make a copy that closely resembles the original item.

RESTORATION—To put back exactly to an original state, or to put back to a significant style not necessarily the original.

RIDGE—The highest line of a roof where sloping planes intersect.

SHED ROOF—A sloping, single planed roof as seen on a lean-to.

SHIPLAP SIDING—A horizontal siding, usually wood, with a beveled edge to provide a weathertight joint.

SILHOUETTE—Profile or outline of an object.

SOFFIT—The finished underside of an eave.

TOWER—A building or structure typically higher than its diameter.

TURRET—A little tower often at the corner of a building.

1.0  General Introduction

1.1  Background and Purpose

In May of 1999, the City of Calabasas selected the Thirtieth Street Architects, Inc. Project Team to prepare a Needs Assessment and Building Program for the City’s proposed Civic Center, which would include a new City Library and City Hall.  In addition to the definition of space needs, the City also requested that the consultant team prepare a Design Guideline to document the aesthetic tastes, values and heritage of the community.  Once completed, the Needs Assessment, Building Program and Design Guidelines are to become the corner stones of the design process for the new Civic Center.  It is the City’s clear intent that the future designers of the Civic Center utilize these tools so that the ultimate design for the Civic Center reflects the community, which it will serve.

 To help facilitate this process, the City has formed a twelve (12) member Civic Center Advisory Committee.  This diverse group includes two City Council Members, two Planning Commissioners, two Library Commissioners, other appointed individuals and members of the public.  In addition to frequent meetings with this group, the consultant team has also met with the City Council, the Planning Commission, the Library Commission and have conducted public workshops.  As a result, the data collected during this process legitimately reflects input from a broad cross section of the community.

It is very important for future designers of the Civic Center to recognize that contents of this Design Guideline are directly based on input received from the participants.  Although we have acted as facilitators and have used various imaging techniques to evoke a response, the ideas and desires expressed in this guideline are the direct wishes of the community, not the consultant team.  Even the illustrations in this document are based on images favored by the Civic Center Advisory Committee, Planning Commission, Library Commission and City Council.

1.2  Boundaries and Description of Site
The proposed site for the new Civic Center is a vacant, 7.77 acre parcel located directly west of the Commons Shopping Center.  The site can be accessed from Calabasas Road via Park Centre  or from Parkway Calabasas via Park Sorrento.  The site contains an approximately 3 acre pad that slopes up gently to the south to a steep hillside that rises approximately 11 ft. above the mean elevation of the building pad.

The Commons’ Food Court buildings frame the eastside of the site along with the back wall of the theater building.  An existing pedestrian Paseo will link the existing Commons’ Shopping Center to the future Civic Center.  A very steep hillside borders the building pad to the south and provides an excellent opportunity for the development of an open amphitheater.  A hotel is planned for the site to the west with a parking lot directly adjacent to the Civic Center site.  The new Kilroy office project is being planned across Park Sorrento Rd. to the north.  It includes two, 4-story office buildings (currently under construction) and an additional office structure to be located at the southeast corner of the site opposite the Civic Center.

The site building pad has been cleared of all vegetation, while the hillside remains heavily wooded and has very substantial drainage improvements.  Adequate utilities are available for the proposed Civic Center development in adjacent streets.  The City has existing entitlements for the shared use parking spaces in the Kilroy Office Development during non-business hours.  In addition, the design of the single story office building directly across from the Civic Center may be modified by the developer to insure compatibility to the architecture of the new City Hall and Library.
1.3  How to Use the Guidelines

As previously stated, it is the City’s clear intent that the future designers of the Calabasas Civic Center use this document so that the ultimate design of the new Civic Center reflects the desires and aesthetic tastes of the community.  It is hoped that this guideline will accelerate the design process by providing an expanded data base to help guide the design process.

This guideline is viewed to be informational, not prescriptive.  It is sincerely hoped that this design tool will help foster design excellence, innovation and creativity, not stifle it.  The intent is that the new Civic Center evoke an image that is uniquely “Calabasas.”
To help facilitate its use, this guideline is brief and organized in three general sections: Site Design, Building Design and Signage.  Each of these three sections is further divided into specific relevant topics.  Specific comments relating to these items, based directly on input from the community and the CCAC, have been sorted into three prioritized categories, with Priority No. 1 being the highest priority.

In some cases, a design consensus was not reached on these issues.  In these cases, we have included multiple comments, which may appear to contradict each other.  These conflicts will have to be resolved later during the actual design process.

The following is a summary of the categories used in this Design Guideline:

  Category Name                                                 Priority
   Preferred                                                              1
   Strongly Recommended                                        2
   Suggested                                                             3

 In addition to the verbal discussion of each priority, numerous graphic images are included to further describe or give an example of the particular comment or desire.  Although we hope that these illustrations will help the user better understand this document, the graphic images are not intended to dictate a particular style or design feature.  We encourage the future designers of the Calabasas Civic Center to develop their own design solutions that respond to the communities notions and desires summarized in this guideline.

2.0  City Zoning Standards and Requirements

 Current codes and development standards that apply to this site include:
 -                City of Calabasas Development Code
-                Calabasas Park Centre Project Development and Design Guidelines

Based on a review of these current regulations, the following development standards apply to this site:

Land Use Allowed                                            Civic, Institutional
Building Setback: (from Park Sorrento)             15 Ft. (one-story structures)
100 Ft. (multiple story structures)*
Building Heights:
Flat Roof Buildings                                            Five stories, not to exceed 75
Sloped Roof Buildings                                       Five stories, not to exceed 80 Ft.
Vertical Building Setbacks:                                South side terracing or articulation is
                                                                          required for buildings greater than three                                                                           stories.
Landscape Standards:
Garden Office                                                   24%
Urban Office                                                    38%

*Variations from these standards may be allowed and will be further defined during the Civic Center Design Process.  The Design Guideline, which follows is intended to supplement the above mentioned standards.

3.0 Design Guidelines

3.1 Site Design
3.1.1 Land Use

The design of the Calabasas Civic Center shall maximize the ability to fully utilize the site.  The new Civic Center is intended to provide services to the community for the next 50 to 100 years.  The site should be master planned to maximize flexibility so that the City Hall and Library can be modified or expanded in the future.  The master plan should also accommodate the addition of new site uses and/or site amenities, which may be added in the future.

The initial phase of construction should be planned so that the entire site will be landscaped and improved so that it can be easily maintained and has a finished appearance at the conclusion of Phase One.

Future alterations or expansion of the Civic Center should be designed so that they are respectful of and compatible to work already completed.

The Civic Center site should be master planned to encourage maximum utilization by the public.  It should be interactive to attract users of all ages and to link directly to neighboring uses.

The design of the northeast corner of the proposed site is seen as the visual “sweet spot” of the Civic Center because of its visibility from Calabasas Road. and adjacency to the Commons’ Shopping Center.  The creation of an inviting pedestrian environment, possibly including a “Spanish Steps” design approach is preferred.

  Strongly Recommended
Inward oriented plan, integrated outdoor spaces. The overall composition of the Civic Center Master Plan, Streetscape and Landscape should provide a warm and welcoming image when approached by car or on foot.  Providing an inviting, user-friendly vision is strongly recommended.

Outdoor spaces, including plazas and gardens should be integrated throughout the proposed Civic Center resulting in an “indoor/outdoor” environment.

Visual identity of the Civic Center from Hwy. 101 is not essential.

3.1.2 Streetscape

It is preferred that an enhanced pavement treatment occur in front of the Civic Center at the intersection of Park Sorrento and Park Centre.

It is preferred that the proposed design improvements for the northerly edge of the Civic Center site continue the landscape and covered walkway treatment of the adjacent Kilroy Office Development.

  Strongly Recommended
It is strongly recommended that the existing landscaping along Park Center Rd. be further enhanced as part of the Civic Center development.

It is suggested that the vehicular entry driveway to the Civic Center be tree-lined and heavily landscaped.

3.1.3 Parking and Building Setbacks

Parking and building setbacks should be consistent with the Development Code and Calabasas Park Center Project Development and Design Guidelines, but deviations from these recommendations may be allowed based on further review during the Civic Center design process.

It is strongly preferred that parking not be located in front (to the north) of the proposed Civic Center.

  Strongly Recommended
The screening of proposed parking areas via landscaping of setbacks, low walls or terracing of parking lots is strongly encouraged.

Parking structures or decks, if proposed, shall be setback from the property line an ample distance to allow for substantial landscape screening.

The easterly building setback shall be adequate to allow for substantial landscape screening of the rear wall of the adjacent Commons’ movie theater complex.

Building setbacks for the proposed Civic Center development shall be close to the northerly property line to continue the urban edge treatment of the adjacent Kilroy Office Development.
Building setbacks for the proposed Civic Center development shall be substantially setback from the northerly property line.

3.1.4 Vehicular Circulation

The vehicular entrance(s) to the Civic Center shall be located so that it is clearly identifiable, convenient and safe.

The construction of a circular drop-off/pick-up driveway is encouraged.  The drop-off/pick-up area should be located near the library entry and have convenient access to adjacent parking.

  Strongly Recommended
The separation of the vehicular entrance from the pedestrian entrance to the Civic Center is preferred.

Service areas for deliveries and trash pick-up shall be completely screened from view to the public.


3.1.5 Parking

Surface on-site parking shall not be allowed in front (to the north) of the proposed Civic Center.  Parking should be located along the westerly or southerly sides of the Civic Center site.

Where parking areas occur, they should be heavily screened and landscaped to avoid the “sea of cars” look.

The layout of parking areas should take advantage of the natural topography.  The use of partial subterranean (1/2 level into grade) or subterranean parking is encouraged.

Although parking spaces are available at the adjacent Kilroy Office Development for use after business hours, the number of parking spaces provided on-site at the Civic Center should be maximized and should exceed the minimum required.

Parking areas shall be conveniently located to minimize walking distance to the Library.  Short term parking should be conveniently located adjacent to the Library and City Hall.

The use of pervious paving surfaces is required to minimize runoff.

The installation of oil separators is required.

The inclusion of recharging stations or alternate fuel stations in City parking areas should be considered.

  Strongly Recommended
If partial subterranean or subterranean parking is provided, the construction of public plazas above/below grade parking is encouraged.

The use of enriched paving within the parking areas is strongly recommended.

Parking for the disabled shall be conveniently located adjacent to building entry(s).

The use of terraced surface parking areas compatible with the existing topography is suggested.

The installation of secured bike storage or  bike lockers (for staff) should be considered.

3.1.6 Pedestrian Circulation

Pedestrian walkways to building entry(s) shall be prominent, clearly and readily identifiable.

The design of a strong pedestrian element such as a “Spanish Steps” concept to link the Civic Center to the Paseo at the Common’s Shopping Center is of paramount importance.

Providing a clear and direct pedestrian linkage from parking areas to building entries is preferred.

The creation of a user-friendly, welcoming pedestrian environment on-site is preferred.

Pedestrian walkways shall be physically separated from vehicular areas to insure safety.

  Strongly Recommended
Pathways and walkways shall be used to link plazas and gardens and access to all buildings.

The use of a variety of enriched textures and paving surfaces for walking surfaces shall be encouraged.

Providing a clear pedestrian link to existing or proposed bus or tram stops is suggested.

3.1.7  Landscape

The design of a strong landscaping concept that compliments and is integrated into the architectural design of the proposed Civic Center is of prime importance.

Landscaping should not be used to keep people out of areas.  Where possible and practical, people should be encouraged to utilize landscaped areas.

The installation of additional landscaping along Park Centre is preferred.

The landscape palette of the Civic Center shall be compatible to and complimentary with adjacent landscape treatment at the Commons’ Shopping Center and at the Kilroy Office Development.

The incorporation of landscaping adjacent to the proposed “Spanish Steps” design feature is encouraged to provide shade and color to this area.

The use of substantial landscaping to screen the rear of the Commons’ Theater Complex, service areas and all parking areas is required.

Covered or trellised walkways or sidewalks adjacent to Park Sorrento Rd. should be heavily landscaped to provide shade, color and softness and shall provide a visual continuity with similar features at the adjacent Kilroy Office Development.

Landscaped fingers or tree wells in parking areas should be utilitzed to break up the “Sea of parking” image of parking lots.

The use of drought tolerant or low water landscaping is required.

  Strongly Recommended
The use of effective landscaping to provide shade, color and texture to the site is strongly encouraged.

The use of landscaping to shade and soften plazas, courtyards and walkways is strongly recommended.

The creation of a tree-lined portal or entry driveway to the Civic Center is encouraged.

The creation of an image of a “sea of trees” at the Civic Center is suggested.

The installation of a native plant/resources demonstration garden is suggested.

The use of grey water recycling (after initial plant establishment period) is suggested.

The incorporation of a sculpture garden with the Civic Center should be considered.

3.1.8 Terraces and Plazas

The design of a Civic Plaza adjacent to the new Library and City Hall is preferred.

The design of a “Spanish Steps” pedestrian linkage to the Paseo at the Common’s Shopping Center and along the northerly edge of site adjacent to Park Sorrento Rd. is preferred.  This is a key design element and seen as an important gathering place and link to the Civic Plaza and City Hall/Library.

The development of more intimate walkways and garden spaces within the site and adjacent to building(s) is preferred.

The location of plazas or patios adjacent to public entryways is encouraged to provide an “indoor/outdoor” sense of space and a public gathering space.

Appendages, overhangs, colonnades and arbors, which link the architecture to the Civic Center site are encouraged.

  Strongly Recommended
The use of a fountain or prominent water feature(s) is strongly recommended.  It is hoped that the sound of water movement will help mask the sound of traffic from adjacent streets and help create a pleasant, cooling pedestrian environment.

The incorporation of a variety of outdoor spaces including patios, plazas and gardens linked by a pedestrian walkway is encouraged.

The creation of plazas over subterranean or partial subterranean parking is encouraged.

The use of a variety of compatible paving materials at patios, plazas and walkways is encouraged.  Special paving patterns and textures shall be used to emphasize important areas or features.  Paving materials shall be compatible to materials used on adjacent buildings.

The use of special paving at parking areas, which can serve as overflow areas to the Civic Plaza for special events is strongly recommended.

The design of second floor or roof balconies and patios is encouraged to take advantage of terraced building massing.  These balconies shall be located to exploit the view shed to the north.

Plazas and patios shall provide an interesting and variety of outdoor spaces.  Public spaces shall be intimate yet have an open feeling.

Site continuity shall be enhanced through the use of unique pedestrian hardscape and landscape features, signage and lighting.

3.1.9 Site Lighting

Lighting of parking areas and walkways should exceed minimum standards for these areas and provide a safe and friendly environment, even after dark.

Lighting fixtures exposed to view in parking areas, walkways and plazas shall be compatible to the architectural design of the Civic Center and shall have a consistent theme.

  Strongly Recommended
All parking lot pole lights shall be limited to a height of sixteen feet and shall be “cut-off” type shrouds to prevent spill over of light onto adjacent properties.

All pedestrian pole lighting shall be limited to a height of twelve feet.

No low pressure sodium lighting shall be permitted.

Where possible and practical, lighting of walkways, plazas and landscape areas shall be accomplished via indirect lighting (i.e. non-visible fixtures recessed in masonry walls, up lighting of specimen trees, etc.).

Lighting design shall be carefully coordinated to maximize  identity and security for the Civic Center project.

All light fixtures shall be vandal and weather resistant.

3.2 Building Design

3.2.1 Mass/Form

The building pad(s) for the City Hall/Library and Civic Plaza should be elevated or pedestalized to give the Civic Center a sense of prominence and importance, so that it can visually compete with the larger adjacent structures.

  Strongly Recommended
The majority of the CCAC members viewed the new Civic Center as two or more buildings connected “under one roof.”. Another option discussed was a three building complex with a City Hall, Library and Community/Multipurpose Room as distinct and separate building elements connected by covered walkways and arcades. A third opinion favored one building containing all functions to minimize the cost of construction.

The building form of the Civic Center structures should be interesting and irregular with angles as opposed to “box-like”.

Upper floors of the Civic Center should be setback from lower floors to reduce the mass of the complex and to provide a terracing effect.  Terraced areas should have landscape treatment integrated into the architecture of the Civic Center.

Building height should be 2 or 3 stories.

Buildings should be expandable at the ground floor as well as upper levels.

Building forms shall have strong base elements to visually help anchor the building to the site.

Design elements in the body of the building (above the base but below the roof or cornice) should be articulated to express rhythm and scale.  Long repetitive expanses of wall surfaces should be avoided.

Roof or cornice elements should be expressed to cap or crown the architectural mass of the complex.

3.2.2 Proportion

No recommendations.

  Strongly Recommended
No recommendations.

Use vertical proportion to contrast with horizontal site and building elements and to provide balance.

3.2.3 Emphasis

The incorporation of a strong vertical design element, such as a bell tower or campanile is preferred to create emphasis and to become a major identifying element for the Civic Center.

The main entry(s) into the Civic Center should be emphasized by strong design elements such as oversized doors, arches or large windows.  Main building entries should be “grand”.

  Strongly Recommended
No recommendations.

Tower elements should be integrated in the overall architectural composition of the Civic Center and should be functional.

The height of tower design elements should be maximized to establish prominence and to be viewed from afar.


3.2.4 Balance

No recommendations.

  Strongly Recommended
Due to the shape and topography of the site, an asymmetrical  balance (or building form) is suggested as opposed to a symmetrical balance.

Balance of overall building composition should be obtained by contrast between vertical elements, the rhythm of body architectural elements and the horizontal proportion of site and base elements.


3.2.5 Rhythm

No recommendations.

  Strongly Recommended
Vary the rhythm of body architectural elements such as the spacing or width of window fenestration to create visual interest, variety and emphasis.

Use rhythm as playful element.

3.2.6 Scale

The overall scale of the Civic Center should be impressive and notable.

Individual building elements should be in scale with each other.

Create hierarchy of scale of building elements as perceived by the pedestrian from parking areas to walkways to building entrances.

Entry(s), walkways and plazas should have design elements that relate to pedestrian scale and should be comfortable and inviting.

  Strongly Recommended
Building massing should be two story minimum to create a scale for the Civic Center which is prominent.

The scale of design elements at the Civic Center should be memorable, but dignified.

3.2.7 Style

No recommendations.

  Strongly Recommended
It is strongly recommended that the architectural style of the Calabasas Civic Center should be distinguished, timeless and prominent since this complex could serve the City for the next 50-100 years.

Although no consensus was reached regarding architectural style, it is clear the community wishes the style of the new Civic Center to be fresh and unique to Calabasas. Compatibility to adjacent architectural styles at the Commons’ Shopping Center and the Kilroy Office

Development was viewed as important, but it is obvious that the City hopes that the architectural character and quality of the Civic Center will surpass these other projects. The following is a summary of overall design preferences as rated by the CCAC:

Classic architecture or building elements.
Likes pillars and arcades.

Warm and friendly.
“Green” architecture that is friendly to the planet.

Wide covered walkways.
Welcoming and comfortable.
Bold and timeless.
Surpass Commons at Calabasas Shopping Center.
Visual sweet spot.
Blending of styles, Commons and Kilroy Office Building
Sensitive to climate.
Warm and inviting/not cold.
Likes arcades.
Upper floors setback, terraced.
Use emphasis to define entry to Council Chamber.
Sliding walls – indoor/outdoor.
Dignity – distinctive from Commons.
Unique and different – but compatible.

Not Old West style.
Small town feeling, yet with global sophistication and reflecting multi-cultural. 


3.2.8 Entry

No recommendations.

  Strongly Recommended
No recommendations.

Entry(s) should be “grand,” prominent and inviting with high ceilings.  Adequate budgets should be established for entry(s) to achieve emphasis and importance for entry(s) through incorporation of unique design features and materials.

Entry(s) should be clearly identifiable and visible from drop off areas, walkways and plazas.

Entry areas should be two story in height and could be designed with wraparound balcony a skylight or clerestory windows.

Entries could take the form of a rotunda.

Roof elements may be utilized to denote entries.

Entries could connect to tower elements.


3.2.9 Roofs

No comments.

  Strongly Recommended
Use roof forms that reinforce and compliment the architectural style.

The use of visible roof forms and materials is strongly suggested.  Taller roof elements should have adequate roof slope so that roofing is visible to the pedestrian.

The use of unique roof forms to help identify entries is suggested.

Use interesting roof elements to emphasize areas of importance, such as entries, Council Chambers, etc.

Utilize the terraced setbacks of upper floors for balconies and roof decks.

3.2.10 Window Treatment

Where practical and desirable, the introduction of natural light into Civic Center spaces should be maximized.

  Strongly Recommended
No recommendations.

Windows should be placed to create an indoor/outdoor feeling from interior spaces.

Windows should be placed to maximize view potential to distant vistas, plazas and garden areas.

The use of skylights is suggested.

Windows should be operable type to allow for natural ventilation.

The use of large windows is encouraged.

Window shape and location should be integrated into the architectural design of the Civic Center building(s).

Utilize the relationship of windows to solid wall areas to establish an interesting rhythm and visual emphasis.

The use of reflective glazing adjacent to pedestrian areas is not recommended.

3.2.11 Building Lighting/Electrical

The installation of underfloor raceway systems for power, telephone and data distribution is preferred.

  Strongly Recommended
Very good artificial lighting is strongly recommended for all Civic Center areas.

The illumination (warm washing) of Civic Center buildings at night is suggested and will establish prominence and importance.

3.2.12 Materials

No recommendations.

  Strongly Recommended
Selection of building materials should be based on appearance, quality, longevity and ease of maintenance.

The use of brick is not recommended.

Building materials should be selected on the basis of their appropriateness and compatibility to proposed architectural styles.

The ability to remove graffiti from exterior buildings should be considered.

The use of red clay tile roofing materials is not suggested.

The use of natural, warm, solid, durable and timeless building materials is suggested. Suggested building materials include stone, copper, wood, wrought iron and plaster.

Finish materials should be used consistently on all building facades.  All building elevations should be embellished.  The design of “stage set” architectural facades is not suggested.

Building finishes should be compatible to each other.  The number of finish building materials should be limited.

3.2.13 Color

No recommendations.

  Strongly Recommended
No recommendations.

Building colors should be used to achieve a high quality visual design.

Building colors should be compatible to the architectural style of the building and to other building finish materials.

Building colors should be striking, tasteful and memorable, but not flashy.

Use colors and accents which are compatible and complimentary to architectural style and form.

Limit the number of colors in the building palate to achieve design clarity and simplicity .

3.3 Signage

No recommendations.

  Strongly Recommended
Use architectural composition to help identify overall Civic Center complex.

Signage should be modest, classy and understated.

Use architectural emphasis elements, such as bell tower or arch to help identify entries.

Signage should be clear and sensitive, but discrete.

Integrate signage locations into the architecture of streetscape, site and buildings.
Develop overall signage plan, which utilizes consistent sign types, locations and materials and is compatible with other design features and elements.


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