Civic Center Project Details

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Architect:     Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Construction Began: May 2010
Landscape Architect:     PWP Landscape Architecture Construction Ended: April 2013
Engineering:     Arup City Hall Opened: April 11, 2013
Construction Manager: C.W. Driver Library Extension Opened: April 15, 2013
Total Site Acreage: 20 Community Celebration: May 4, 2013


City Hall


Yellow Wall People

Office Space 

88,000 sq ft 

Chamber/Community Room   12,000 sq ft

  • A Permit Center & Customer Service Center centralize service to the public.
  • The building was designed for form and function.  North facing clerestory windows within wave roof structure channel wind and cool the building.  Large windows fill the building with natural light, but overhangs and shades minimize heat gain and glare.
  • Offices and workspaces are “centered”, east and west sides of the building contain meeting and teaming spaces and large windows provide natural light. 
  • The exterior was built to last with quality materials.  Standard materials were used in the interiors and workstations are finished plywood and furnishings were “off the shelf”.
  • The Council Chambers seats up to 150 and is used for Council, Board and Commission meetings.
  • The Community Room seats approximately 150 and is available for community use through the Recreation Department.
  • A Training/Command Center, located in the basement of Bay E (the only three story section of City Hall), is the community’s first, “ready to go”, command center, enabling immediate emergency response if a disaster strikes.


Park Park


Park Acreage  14
Walking Trails    1.23 miles
Bunnies 16 total


  • Civic Green – Two-acre space that connects the library, City Hall, parking structure and the park. This was designed to be a gathering place for community events.
  • The two viewing platforms provide places for visitors to enjoy the beautiful scenery. The first platform is in the central, wetlands area of the park. The second is at the end of the San Miguel bridge.
  • A key feature of the park is the new dog park- the first in Newport Beach!
  • Providing for a different, more passive approach than a tot-lot, the bunnies are meant for families and kids to find, play around, take photos with, etc.  Learn more about the Civic Center bunnies.
  • Other features include picnic areas (including serpentine bench), wetlands, and a bird blind for viewing wildlife.
  • For a self-guided walking tour of the Civic Center Park, download the "MyNB" app from the Apple iTunes or Google Play App Store. Search for "MyNB." If you already have the "MyNB" app on your mobile device, update it to include the Sculpture Exhibition

Sustainable Design

  • Desert GardenUS Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Level Certification
  • Advanced lighting and climate controls
  • Windows open (some automatically)
  • Overhangs & shades (some raise and lower automatically)
  • Raised floor HVAC system
  • Reduced Greenhouse Gas emissions
  • Water & Energy Conservation
  • Stormwater Runoff Containment (a requirement of state law) – one of the largest stormwater containment systems in all of Newport Beach 

Central Library Expansion  


Library Expansion

Expansion 17,000 sq ft
Total Library 71,000 sq ft

  • An expanded children’s area includes a performance area, early literacy station and more areas for reading.
  • The media center includes a media suite for high-quality video editing and graphic design, and an industry-quality sound/recording room.
  • The extension adds more study/reading areas, second floor restrooms, a café, an outdoor study area and a self-checkout area.
  • A new, second entrance links the library to City Hall and the Civic Green.


Structure  155,000 sq ft 
   450 parking spaces

  • Free parking is available for City Hall, library and park visitors, City vehicles and City staff.



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