Calabasas Civic Center
Opened in July 2008
Civic Center News
Calabasas, LEEDing By Design -
here to Watch it now with CTV Archiving
A 42 minute video, created in 2009, detailing the "green" friendly
the Calabasas Civic Center.
Grand Opening Event Photos
Robert A.M. Stern visits to the
Calabasas Civic Center site
on Thursday, March 27, 2008.
Project Isaiah Rebar Placed
in New City Hall by Injured Sheriffs Officer
- Thursday, August 23, 2007
Civic Center "Topping Out" Ceremony Photos -
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Ground Breaking Ceremony Photos
Saturday, January 6, 2007
THE CIVIC CENTER GOES TO BID!
On March 31, 2006 Contractors began arriving to pick up plans
and begin the initial effort of bidding on the Civic Center project.
The City Council considered the bids
on May 24, 2006
and did not accept any of them at that time due to cost concerns.
The City completed its value engineering efforts on the Civic Center
in the summer of 2006. The
underground parking structure was removed, and all displaced
parking is accommodated on either the Civic Center site or Park
Serrano and Park Center Streets. The project was re-bid in early
September 2006, and were posted on the City’s web site, in the Acorn and
Dodge Green Sheet. Bernards Brothers submitted the winning
bid for construction of the Calabasas Civic Center.
Civic Center Project Bid Results
Brothers, Inc - Supplemental Bids
Douglas E. Barnhart, Inc. - Supplemental Bids
Civic Center Project obtains
Office of State Library Construction Approvals
17, 2006, the City of Calabasas received approvals for the State
Librarian, Susan Hildreth, to proceed into construction on the
library project. The approval culminated an 18 month effort
with the Office of State Library Construction to design the
facility. As completed, the new library holds 90,000
volumes of reading material for the community. A prominent
feature of the library is the oval children’s reading room,
which is lined in broad carpeted steps and pillows. The
library also features specialty collection areas, a young
adult area, technology carols and a cozy fireside reading area
for adults. Outside, an outdoor
amphitheater is a perfect venue for musical and theatrical performances, storybook reading or even a summer night movie series.
A Visit from the Richard Hall from the State Office of Library
Friday, May 13, 2005, the Civic Center Task Force was pleased to welcome
Richard Hall, Program Director for the
State Office of Library Construction (far right, with Council member
Jonathon Wolfson and City CFO Gary Lysik). Mr. Hall is the City’s
liaison for our State Library Bond Grant, and oversees all of the
drawing submittals made in order to meet the City's grant requirements.
For the first time, Mr. Hall was able to tour the site and got a first
hand feel of the beautiful setting for this State Library. While in
Calabasas, he signed our ceremonial check proudly displayed on the wall
of the CFO’s office.
Presentation by Treasurer Phil Angelides of First Installment from State
State Treasurer Phil Angelides was in Calabasas on Friday,
February 18, 2005 to present the first installment of an $8.2
million grant to the City of Calabasas to help build a new State
Library as part of the Calabasas Civic Center Project. The
theme of the event was “Investing in Calabasas” and Treasurer Angelides presented a check for $796,015 to members of the Calabasas
City Council and other City officials.
"Libraries are a vital asset for our communities, providing learning
opportunities for children and adults alike, a civic gathering
place, and a reminder of the value of knowledge in a democratic
society," said State Treasurer Angelides, a member of the
California Public Library Construction and Renovation Board that
awarded the library funds. "I commend the Calabasas community
for recognizing the importance of investing in the future and the
new Calabasas library."
Michael Harrison presided over the ceremony which closed with
Treasurer Angelides' remarks and the official check presentation.
Other speakers at the event included Mayor Pro Tem Barry Groveman,
Councilmember James Bozajian, Councilmember Lesley Devine,
Councilmember Dennis Washburn, former Calabasas Library Commission
President Fred Gaines, Las Virgenes Unified School District Vice
President Cindy Iser and Chief Architect Peter Devereaux.
Interim Design Development Plan Approval
On February 16, 2005, the City
Council approved Interim Design Development plans for the Civic Center. The plans
represented the design concepts and themes to be utilized
in the new City Hall, Public Library, and Assembly Hall. The project
features a mix of Mediterranean and Spanish Mission architectural
styles to give the required civic prominence to the buildings.
The buildings have Gladden-McBean blended roof
tiles with a Franciscan color and Italian pan with Cordova cover shape. There
are white stucco walls with midsummer night trim and Lafayette
green wainscoting in the arcades.
The City Hall features a Grand Lobby and a
Council Chamber Vestibule for public gatherings and meetings. The Public
Library has stack areas with comfortable seating, unique lighting,
and a Children's area with a special environment to engage young
patrons. The Civic Plaza has drought tolerant native and
Mediterranean plantings to achieve the project's sustainability goals,
including a Rose Garden, an Olive grove, and strolling paths.
PROJECT PLANHOLDERS LIST
As of September 11, 2006
2006 Pre-Bid Conference Notes
Project Bid Q&A - Final
Q&A from 1st Bid
PROJECT BID ADDENDA
ADDENDUM NO. 1 - Addendum Issuance
Date: September 7, 2006
Interim Design Development Plans
ADDENDUM NO. 2 - Addendum Issuance
Date: September 8, 2006
ADDENDUM NO. 3 - Addendum Issuance
Date: September 12, 2006
ADDENDUM NO. 4 - Addendum Issuance
Date: September 15, 2006
SECTION 16413 - ENCLOSED TRANSFER
ADDENDUM NO. 5 - Addendum Issuance
Date: September 22, 2006
ADDENDUM NO. 6 - Addendum Issuance
Date: October 4, 2006
North (exterior) -
Council Chambers Vestibule -
Arcade (exterior) -
Children's Library -
Reference Area -
Landscape Images -
Landscape Images II -
Landscape Images III
Rendered Landscape Sections -
Landscape Site Plan -
Landscape Outline Specifications
Three design development
workshops were held featuring members of
the Civic Center Task Force and the City Council.
|The City of Calabasas purchased a 7.7 acre lot
adjacent to the Commons on Park Sorrento. This site is home to the Calabasas Civic Center featuring a City Hall, Assembly Hall, Library
Within a 1.7 acre site; a 25,059 square foot Public Library with an Assembly
Hall of approximately 3,000 square feet; a two-story 27,733 square foot City
Hall; a Public Plaza with features such as fountains and monuments; an
outdoor amphitheater; and associated landscaping, site work and pathways
that will allow pedestrian access to the adjacent developments.
in association with
Robert A. M.
Stern & Associates provided design and
construction documents and administration. The design will include
architectural, civil, structural, mechanical, plumbing, electrical,
lighting, security, acoustics, audiovisual, fixtures, equipment, graphics
Jones and Jones Construction Management
City’s Construction Manager for the project was Jones and Jones of Ojai,
California. They were selected due to their extensive prior experience in
building projects such as ours, and for their reputations in going the extra
mile to achieve success. Their responsibilities included working with the
City during the design phase to ensure the constructability of the project,
and then directly managing the construction effort on site. You can view
their webpage at
FURNITURE, FIXTURES AND
provided interior design services for furniture,
fixture & equipment (FF&E) for the Civic Center Project in coordination
with the City and Architects/Engineers.
Libris Design and Library Systems & Services assisted the
City and Architects/Engineers in designing the Library Building in
compliance with the Library Grant as monitored by the State Office of
provided soils investigation and geotechnical services in
coordination with the Architects/Engineers as required for the project
W.R. Lind Incorporated provided site-surveying services to
assist the Architects/Engineers during the design phase of the project.
Rendering by Thomas Schaller