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Civic Center Planning Takes Next Step

How will the new Civic Center campus take shape? On Tuesday, July 25, City Council provided direction that brought the project one step closer to the answer. The Council considered two key issues: whether the City should renovate or replace the City Hall Annex Building, and whether the City should pursue a building addition to the Public Safety Building.

These decisions followed the City Council’s selection in May of SmithGroup JJR of San Francisco to develop the master plan for modernizing the Civic Center. Master planning will include designing the campus layout, architecture for a new City Hall, and creating a timeline for construction.

At a Glance

  • Council provided direction that as Master Plan alternatives are developed, NOVA Workforce Services should be included in a new City Hall.
  • City Council directed that a building addition to Public Safety be planned with Phase 1 of the Civic Center.
  • The Civic Center Master Plan is scheduled to be completed in September 2018.

Project Details

NOVA Workforce Services
The City Hall Annex Building was evaluated as a possible home for NOVA Workforce Services. An alternative is to include space for NOVA in the new City Hall. After considering both options, Council directed that NOVA should be included at the new City Hall.

This alternative best met City objectives, as defined by Success Criteria adopted for the Civic Center Modernization Project. The City Hall alternative for NOVA will:

  • Be more sustainable
  • Provide more shared meeting space for community use
  • Maximize opportunities to improve open space

Public Safety Addition
The addition would be located in the parking lot north of the Public Safety building. Adding on to the building will provide much-needed space for expanding evidence storage, briefing rooms, locker rooms, and the crime lab.

Planning for the addition will also consider alternatives for the location of a dedicated emergency operations center. This would improve Sunnyvale’s ability to manage emergencies.

The Civic Center Modernization Master Plan
Following a multi-step selection process, the City Council awarded the contract for master planning of the project to SmithGroup JJR at the May 23, 2017, council meeting. SmithGroup JJR has designed award-winning, sustainable architecture for a variety of government agencies and has wide-ranging experience in master planning.

The Master Plan will determine key design issues for the new Civic Center campus, including:

  • campus layout
  • architectural style for a new City Hall
  • parking solutions
  • auto, bike and pedestrian traffic circulation around the site
  • open space features
  • sustainable elements for the site and buildings

Project direction to date from the City Council includes:

  • Not selling or leasing Civic Center property
  • Building the project in phases
  • Keeping NOVA Workforce Services at the Civic Center
  • Designing a sustainable City Hall that meets LEED Platinum standards
  • Providing options for Public Safety Building improvements

Documents and Related Information
Report to Council - July 25, 2017
Civic Center project page

For more information
Kent Steffens, Assistant City Manager