Structure Type: built works - social and civic buildings - civic centers

Designers: Clark Construction Group, LLC, Building Contractors (firm); Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, (SOM), Los Angeles, CA (firm); John Ogden Merrill (architect); Robert D. Moser Jr. (building contractor/civil engineer); Nathaniel Alexander Owings (architect); Louis Skidmore Sr. (architect)

Dates: constructed 2016-2019

200 West Broadway
Downtown, Long Beach, CA 90802

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Building History

A new Long Beach Civic Center was being planned during the 2010s, and was completed the next decade. The City of Long Beach collaborated with Edgemoor Infrastructure and Real Estate, a subsidiary of Clark Construction Group, LLC, to plan the public/private Long Beach Civic Center #2. The complex was to contain a new City Hall, Port of Long Beach Headquarters, Main Library and underground parking garage. Also planned was a reimagined Lincoln Park, complete with a lawn assembly space, children's playground and dog park. The Long Beach City Government and Port enabled Edgemoor to build residential units, a hotel and commercial space on the grounds, blurring what used to be understood as "public space."

The Clark web site described this new public-private financing and construction services process; "The state-of-the-art Civic Center development was delivered under a public-private partnership, utilizing a design-build-finance-operate-maintain (DBFOM) contract with a performance-based availability payment structure for City of Long Beach components and a design-build-finance (DBF) contract for the Port of Long Beach components. The Plenary Group and Clark’s development arm, Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate, led the development effort. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill is the project architect. Johnson Controls is the major systems provider and will serve as the long-term operating partner for City Hall, the Civic Chambers, and Main Library." (See Clark Construction Group, LLC, "Clark Construction Celebrates Opening of Long Beach Civic Center," published 07/30/2019, accessed 02/04/2020.) Clark completed work on the City Hall and Port of Long Beach facilities by 06/29/2019, while the new Billie Jean King Public Library was set to open by 09/21/2019. The previous library building would then be demolished to make room for the additions to Lincoln Park, to be finished in 2020.

PCAD id: 23332