Proposed Contra Costa County Administration Building
Feb 27, 2017 09:23AM
● By Jennifer Neys
Proposed County Administration Building
At the February 15 city council meeting, an informational presentation was given by Chief Assistant County Administrator Eric Angstadt on the proposed new Contra Costa County Administration Building. The presentation included an overview of preliminary plans for the new building, including its location, conceptual design, site plan, and parking.
The current 12-story County Administration Building at 651 Pine Street is considered functionally obsolete and suffers from physical deterioration and high maintenance costs.
The new building, with fewer stories (across the street from the existing 12-story administration building) will accommodate most of the functions currently located at 651 Pine, including the board of supervisors’ chambers and offices. The County Sheriff’s Department, which currently occupies three floors, will be relocated to a new County Emergency Operations Center complex, to be located on Glacier Drive about four miles south of downtown.
The site for the new building is comprised of two separate parcels between Escobar Street and Marina Vista. The building itself would be 82,000 square feet. The conceptual design includes a curved façade along Escobar, creating a public plaza at the southwest corner of the site. The overall form of the building is modern but with design elements that complement the historic courthouse and other older buildings nearby. The conceptual site plan presumes demolition of the jail annex for staging, with this space replaced by a civic plaza or park. “For now we can build around the old jail, so there is no reason to take the old jail down now,” said Angstadt.
The county intends to move forward with design development and landscape plans in the coming months and will return to the city council with more detailed designs in a few months. Traffic studies will begin sometime in March. The county’s timeline calls for construction in 2018 and 2019 and occupancy by early 2020. Demolition of 651 Pine would follow occupancy of the new building.
Mayor Schroder commented, “I’m really excited that there is potential for more public spaces that I would love to work on with the county in the future. I love where we are going with this, and I think it’s a real win for Martinez.” Mayor Schroder added he would like to see Sharkey Square, on Court Street between Main and Escobar, turned into a town square.