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City Services Building

Project Information

The Santa Monica City Services Building (CSB) aspires to be one of the greenest buildings in the world. The project team endeavors to achieve Living Building Challenge (LBC) certification by the International Living Future Institute – the world’s most stringent green building rating system. LBC certification aligns directly with long-range City Council commitments to carbon neutrality, water self-sufficiency and zero waste. Certified living buildings are both net zero energy and net zero water in addition to other environmental considerations.

The CSB will be 50,200 square feet with three floors and a basement. The project will break ground and construction will commence in Fall 2017. Estimated completion is Spring 2020. The project’s design began in 2014 and after years of planning and design development, the proposed CSB will be a proud addition to the Civic Center. The building will bring departments and vital public counter functions under one roof to streamline services into a one-stop location.

Building the CSB is fiscally responsible. The project consolidates about 240 city staff currently housed in private leased space spread throughout downtown Santa Monica. Tenant leases in our thriving City are expensive and expected to continue increasing substantially over the next 30 years. The City will use lease savings to finance the cost of lease-revenue bonds that will be issued to pay for the CSB. In less than 30 years, the lease savings are projected to exceed the cost of financing construction. The building’s useful life is 100 years or more, so the remaining 70 plus years will save taxpayer funds by avoiding the annual cost of private lease agreements and their accompanying utility bills.

Should the CSB achieve LBC certification, it will demonstrate a paradigm shift from traditional buildings that consume huge resources to nontraditional buildings that produce resources and is beneficial to its urban surroundings. Santa Monica and the City Services Building address the realities of climate change and drought, and its success will demonstrate to the region and the world what is possible by regenerative building design and construction.

Know Before You Go

This project is not currently under construction.

Other Resources

11/1/2016  -  Staff Report
5/24/2016 - Staff Report
4/28/2015 - Staff Report
1/27/2015 - Staff Report
4/8/2014 - Staff Report
10/8/2013 - Information Item
3/27/2012 - Staff Report

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Project Contacts

City Project Manager: Amber Richane (310) 458-2205

City Construction Manager: Tim Purcell (310) 458-2205

Contractor: Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Company

Architect: Frederick Fisher & Partners and BuroHappold

Project Status: Design
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