After a lengthy and comprehensive procurement process, the City Council, in their April 27th meeting selected the firm of Heller Manus Architects as the design architects for the new Newark Civic Center. Heller Manus has extensive experience creating civic and public buildings and has assembled an impressive team of consultants that includes experts in their fields. McClaren, Wilson & Lawrie, Inc., the consultant for the police building, has completed 275 public safety facilities across the nation. Safdie Rabines Architects, the consultant for the library, has completed several library and community room projects. Heller Manus designed the Hayward City Hall. Heller Manus Architects are committed to creating the right design for Newark that will showcase the community and provide a greatly needed state of the art police, library and City administrative buildings as well outdoor gathering spaces. The design work is scheduled to begin this month.
The City recently contracted with Kier and Wright Civil Engineers and Surveyors, Inc., to complete the Boundary and Topographic Surveys and Underground Utility Locating Services of the current and future site of the Newark Civic Center. The work was completed in February 2017.
As was described in the Civic Center Feasibility Study completed last year, the new Civic Center will be located on the same site as the existing Civic Center. The current police, library and City administration offices will remain open throughout the construction process. The design of the overall Civic Center site will incorporate features that will allow City and library staff to continue to provide uninterrupted and quality service to the community during construction.
There will be a number of City Council and community workshops to review the design work as it progresses. The first workshop will occur during the summer of 2017. Please continue to check our website for periodic updates and future City Council and public design review workshop dates.