County of Orange Civic Center – County Administration South

“This project was not easy and is a masterful plan. It took the best people in the business; it took Griffin Structures."

Supervisor Shawn Nelson

Griffin, with LPA Architects and Swinerton Builders, served as lead developer to deliver the first phase of the County’s comprehensive 20-year Civic Center Facilities Master Plan through a Public-Private Partnership (P3) using tax-exempt financing and a long-term lease structure. At the end of the lease term, the County took ownership of the building. The project was delivered five months ahead of schedule with Griffin returning a savings of $5 million to the County.

County Administration South is comprised of a $180 million 250,000 square foot, six-story office building sited over two levels of subterranean parking. The turn-key facility houses the County’s Public Works, Waste and Recycling, Treasurer-Tax Collector, Auditor-Controller, and Clerk-Recorder Departments, as well as a One Stop Shop, providing “walk up service” from 11 departments serving the County’s constituents. The facility also features a new County Conference Center, complete with approximately 6,600 square feet of conference and events space.

The transit-oriented development (TOD) project will be bordered by a future transit plaza and light rail transit stop to the south, service and pedestrian paseo to the east, a central courtyard to the north, and a reinvigorated, pedestrian-friendly street to the west. The project elevations change with solar orientation which allows filtered sunlight to enter the east and west facades while the southern exposure shields the interiors from the harsh southern sunlight, providing a highly energy-efficient aesthetic design.  The building was designed to meet Essential Services Buildings Seismic Safety Act standards and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Silver certification standards.

Anatomy of a Successful P3

hotos Courtesy of LPA Architects

County of Orange Civic Center – County Administration South