LONG BEACH CIVIC CENTER
Firm: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)
Project Role: Designer
Location: Long Beach, California
Status: Completed (2019)
Program: New City Hall and Port Headquarters
Project Area: 240,000 sq.ft. (22,300 sq.m.)
Levels: 11 above-ground levels and 3 level basement/parking garage
- Los Angeles Business Council: Under Construction Award (2017)
- American Planning Association California Chapter Los Angeles: Urban Design, Award of Merit (2016)
Long Beach Civic Center is a new 3-block development that includes a City Hall, Port Headquarters, and Library for the city of Long Beach. The project came into the office through a competition and will replace the existing structures already on the site. The concept is two twin 11-story PT-slab buildings for the City Hall and Port, and a 2-level timber structure for the library.
The buildings and different orientations of facade take on unique identities that still relate to a whole.
The Port Facade reflectes the colors of the actual port of Long Beach - blues, oranges, reds - with the shadow box design. The City Hall shadow boxes take on a sophisticated pin-stripe look with white panels. Both buildings use a frit pattern where they face each other on a fully glazed facade.
TYPICAL FLOOR PLANS
The central concept of the tower floor plates are two cores to the east and the west that allow for open office space to flow around them. However, the two towers take a different approach to the distribution of open office vs. private office layout.
PORT DISPLAY CASES
The Port also has an extensive model ship collection, to be placed in the lobby space. We invert the concept, and place the ships into the sliced shipping container replicas. To avoid association with specific companies, the slices are left untreated with color. The ships are the placed o glass shelves for a floating effect.