Press Releases 08.09.2019

City of Newark Breaks Ground on New Multi-Building Civic Center

Construction begins on new administration building, police department, and library facilities
Former and current Mayors of the City of Newark, the City Manager, as well as leaders from the City's library, police, planning commission, Council, and the project team came out for the groundbreaking of the new Newark Civic Center

Newark is one major step closer to realizing its voter-approved vision for a new Civic Center. At a “golden shovel” event Thursday, officials from the City of Newark, Alameda County, the California State government, and the project team—design firm Perkins and Will and general contractor Webcor—broke ground on the $72.3 million complex. When completed in two years, it will house the Newark City Council Chambers, administration services, a public library, and a police station, including an emergency dispatch center and training facility. The future Newark Civic Center will be the first major redevelopment of municipal offices here in over half a century.

“This groundbreaking ushers in the newest chapter in Newark’s history,” said Mayor Alan Nagy. “While the original City Hall has served us well for more than 53 years, it is time for new facilities that will better meet the needs of our growing community. The people of Newark recognized the need and voted for a mechanism to fund the new facilities, so this is a wonderful occasion for our residents and businesses. Out of the ground we turn today will rise new facilities where the people’s business will be conducted far into the future.”

The Civic Center will consist of three modern, safe, energy-efficient buildings, as well as a new central plaza, which will serve as a multi-function community event space and public destination. The project’s design stems from a careful analysis of the site and its history. In fact, as an homage to the history of Newark, stained-glass artwork from the existing City Hall will be reused at the entry to each of the new buildings.

Aerial rendering of the new Newark Civic Center
credit: Design Distill
Street level rendering of the new Police Building, City Hall, and Library
credit: Design Distill
Members of the Perkins and Will and Webcor team have fun breaking ground on the Newark Civic Center
“We want to create a healthy place that can be used and enjoyed by everyone,” says Perkins and Will Principal and Senior Project Manager Sarah Rege. “Perkins and Will’s design reflects a vision for the Civic Center as a source of community identification and pride for now and the future.”

Perkins and Will partnered with Webcor on this project in a design-build approach, which is a highly collaborative and cost-effective method of commercial design and construction. The original schematic design and bridging documents were provided by Heller Manus Architects, with Safdie Rabines Architects and McClaren Wilson & Lawrie, Inc. Webcor and Perkins and Will further developed and refined the design.

“The city’s adoption of the progressive design-build approach to this project—the largest-ever in Newark—is proving very advantageous,” said Matt Rossie, Webcor vice president. “The design-build collaboration has allowed us to start construction a month earlier than planned, and our focus on the budget and the needs of the community has led to design and construction innovations that will make the new Civic Center dignified, welcoming. and highly efficient for city officials, employees and residents.”

The 84,130-square-foot project is slated for completion in 2021 and is targeting LEED Silver Certification.

Sarah Rege and Matt Rossie present at the Newark Civic Center Groundbreaking
The Perkins and Will and Webcor team with Newark Mayor Al Nagy and Newark Mayor Emeritus David Smith