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On May 4, 2013, the Community Celebration event, including an official ribbon cutting ceremony and open house took place with over 2,000 in attendance.

Take a self guided tour of this modern, new Civic Center, including the park, library and City Hall.

Newport Beach Civic Center Fact Sheet

March 14, 2013 - Click here to find out why the Civic Center and Park is more than just a City Hall.

Project Newsletter
Visit our current news and updates web page for ongoing construction progress and cost information and to read our monthly Civic Center project newsletter. 

Project Overview
The Civic Center & Park Project project includes a city hall building, one of the city’s largest parks, a 450-space parking structure, and an expansion of the Newport Beach Central Library. It is located on two parcels inland of the Newport Beach Central Library and bordered by Avocado Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard.  The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2012 and the current total cost estimate for all project components is $128 million (please see Project Costs below).

The Civic Center project  includes:

  • A 16-acre park, which includes a dog park, a civic lawn for outdoor events, places for art, a restored wetlands, 1.23 miles of walking and viewing trails, a belvedere and other view opportunities, and restrooms. This park will be the City’s fifth largest park.
  • A 17,000-square-foot expansion of the Newport Beach Central Library, effectively linking the Library and Civic Center. The expansion of the library will improve its children’s programs, reading rooms, a sound and video room, and will add a cafe, credit union, and restrooms.
  • A 450-space parking structure, to accommodate up to 350 cars associated with the city office building and 100 cars associated with the library’s use.
  • Extensive earth removal, to assure that the parking structure and city office building stay below an approved “view plane” that protects the public’s view of the harbor and ocean from MacArthur Boulevard.  Dust control measures are in compliance with all State and local regulations.
  • An emergency readiness center to serve as the permanent home of the City’s emergency response team.
  • A new community room, seating up to 150 persons and made available for lectures, arts programs, and other community events with the ability to open to an outside covered area.
  • A new City Council Chambers, seating up to 150 persons and doubles as a space for community meetings when the Council or its commissions is/are not in session.
  • A new city office building, housing the roughly 240 employees who work at Newport Beach City Hall. The office building includes a large “One Stop Shop” to improve customer service for persons seeking planning or building approvals. The office building would replace the “old” City Hall, now located at 3300 Newport Boulevard on the Balboa Peninsula. Via their approval of Measure B, the voters of Newport Beach amended the City Charter in February 2008 to direct that City Hall be moved to the location at 1100 Avocado. The City Council has not yet made a determination on what will become of the “old” City Hall site.

Project Costs
The City will carry a number for the total construction cost for the Library Expansion, the parking structure, the park, and the City Hall building of about $105 million. This includes the construction contingency, which is split 75-25 (City-C.W. Driver) if unused at the end.

The total project cost for the design, site work, construction, and fixtures, furniture and equipment for all project components is $131.4 million. That figure includes the construction contingency and the owner's contingency.  However, the City believes that figure could reasonably go down to $125 million “all in” through further value engineering work and unused contingencies.  For a detailed breakdown of the project costs and timeline, please see Civic Center & Parks Project Costs below.  The Project Costs Questions & Answers provides further explanation.

 Project Documentation & Updates 

LEED Certification
The Council directed that the Civic Center Project seek and attain at least a LEED Silver designation. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – part of the US Green Building Council’s recognition of sustainable buildings ( As such, the Civic Center Project’s design includes:

  • Passive heating and cooling systems in the city office building, including a raised floor system, as well as advanced lighting technologies.
  • California-friendly landscaping in the main portion of the park.
  • Adjacent transit facilities and other ways to increase the number of city workers who carpool, bike to work, or use alternative fuel vehicles.
  • Orientation of the building will maximize the ability for natural ventilation and natural light.

Project Team
BCJ’s team includes Peter Walker & Partners (landscape architects) and Arup (engineering). The City hired C.W. Driver to serve as the City’s construction manager and LSA Associates to complete the environmental work for the project.

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