County of Orange Civic Center - Building 16

With an aging infrastructure of office buildings and a substantial amount of office space leased, the County of Orange and a Griffin Structures-led team created a series of comparative facility masterplans encompassing 2,000,000 square feet of County-owned or leased space in the Civic Center as part of arriving at a Board selected long-term real estate solution. These studies indicated different ways to achieve consolidated “neighborhoods” for the administrative, judicial, health, and public safety service sectors of the County. The County’s office portfolio averages 46 years old, and would require significant funds to renovate buildings that would, in the end, still not result in an efficient configuration suitable for today’s open office workplace environment.

This LEED® Silver project, designated as “Building 16,” is the first phase of the County’s comprehensive 20-year Civic Center Facilities Master Plan. This phase is comprised of a $155 million, 254,000 square foot, six-story office building sited over two levels of subterranean parking. County occupants will include Public Works, Waste and Recycling, Treasurer/Tax Collector, Auditor-Controller, Clerk-Recorder as well as a One Stop public counter, providing “walk up service” from 13 departments serving the County’s constituents. Building 16 will result in improved space efficiencies by reducing the per-employee square footage. Responding to technological advances that require less storage space, and embracing today's collaborate open office environments, the facility will reflect changing workspace needs and reduce operating costs.

The transit-oriented development (TOD) project is bordered by a future transit plaza and light rail transit stop to the south, service and pedestrian paseo to the east, a central courtyard to the north, and a reinvigorated, pedestrian-friendly street to the west. The project’s elevations change with solar orientation which allows filtered sunlight to enter the east and west facades while the southern exposure shields the interiors from the harsh southern sunlight, providing a highly energy-efficient aesthetic design.

Griffin, working with LPA Architects and Swinerton Builders, will design, build and deliver the turn-key project through a Public-Private Partnership (P3) using tax-exempt financing and a long-term lease structure. At the end of the lease term, the County will take ownership of the building. Building 16 is is scheduled to be available for occupancy in early 2020.

Read the OC Register article.