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
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:
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:
Project direction to date from the City Council includes:
For more information
Kent Steffens, Assistant City Manager