July 30, 2019
Press Releases & News

Clark Construction Celebrates Opening of Long Beach Civic Center

Long Beach, California – Clark Construction joined residents and officials from the City of Long Beach and Port of Long Beach yesterday evening to celebrate the grand opening of Long Beach Civic Center, a $523 million multi-faceted development encompassing a new City Hall and Bob Foster Civic Chambers, a new headquarters facility for the Port of Long Beach, and a new Billie Jean King Main Library. Clark served as design-builder on the municipal complex, located in the heart of Long Beach. The project plays a vital role in the City’s efforts to revitalize downtown.

Clark successfully delivered the new Civic Center on June 29 -- two days ahead of the project’s contractual completion date. Port and City employees transitioned into their new facilities in mid-July. The new Main Library is set to open to the public on September 21. Later this year, the Clark team will begin demolition of the existing Main Library, paving the way for the revitalization of nearby historic Lincoln Park, which will open in 2020.

All four structures that comprise the sprawling 22-acre campus are designed to achieve LEED® Gold certification.

The state-of-the-art Civic Center development was delivered under a public-private partnership, utilizing a design-build-finance-operate-maintain (DBFOM) contract with a performance-based availability payment structure for City of Long Beach components and a design-build-finance (DBF) contract for the Port of Long Beach components. The Plenary Group and Clark’s development arm, Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate, led the development effort. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill is the project architect. Johnson Controls is the major systems provider and will serve as the long-term operating partner for City Hall, the Civic Chambers, and Main Library.

“Projects of this scale require a high level of trust, collaboration, and transparency to succeed,” said Marc Kersey, Clark senior vice president and executive in charge of the project. “We are grateful to the City and Port leadership for their trust and partnership, and to our development, design, and trade partners, who helped us ensure we achieved a successful, on-time delivery of the Civic Center. It is a privilege to work together on a project that will leave a lasting and positive impact on the community.”

“Trust was an important success factor on this project, and something we all worked hard to build early on, and maintain throughout the life of the job," said Marilyn Surakus, project manager for the City of Long Beach Public Works Department. “From the groundbreaking through the grand opening, the lines of communication were always open, with everyone working toward a shared goal of delivering a high-quality Civic Center, unique to Long Beach. The project team understood that safety, value, and long-term flexibility were the guiding principles of this design-build project. I'm proud to see a Civic Center that achieves these goals.”

The architecture of the new Civic Center campus creates a stark contrast to the City’s prior municipal buildings, offering a vibrant civic hub that will infuse new life into downtown Long Beach. The modern structures are designed to promote a productive and collaborative work environment. Open concept work spaces encourage casual interactions among employees and floor-to-ceiling windows on each level allow light into building cores. The Civic Center structures also provide a more secure work environment and meet the highest possible safety standards for seismic events.

Over the three-year construction period, Clark worked to fulfill the City’s goal of ensuring Long Beach residents played a meaningful role in the construction of the project. More than 1,200 residents from Long Beach and its immediate surrounding communities helped bring the project to life. To maximize the number of residents who could contribute, Clark embraced the Long Beach Promise and partnered with Pacific Gateway and Long Beach City College to sponsor pre-apprenticeship training programs geared towards producing a pipeline of skilled construction workers. Following their completion of the program, Clark worked directly with participants to help find placement with local unions and trade partners. Additionally, the company provided a week-long life skills workshop for graduates to ensure a successful transition into the construction industry.

“Clark entered this project with deep understanding of our client’s goals and how important it is for them to create economic opportunity with a civic project of this scale,” added Kersey. “It was a priority for our team from the start, and we are proud of what we were able to achieve together and proud to see the contributions that local residents have made to their new government center.”

Clark exceeded the City’s stated local workforce participation goal of 30%, achieving 78% participation from residents in Long Beach, surrounding communities, and greater Los Angeles County combined.

The newly opened Civic Center adds to Clark’s growing portfolio of work in Long Beach. The company also led design-build efforts on the award-winning Governor George Deukmejian Courthouse in 2013 – the first social infrastructure project in the United States procured under the principles of Performance-Based Infrastructure contracting; Edgemoor served as the project’s developer. Earlier this year, Clark successfully completed the Pacific Visions Wing -- a 29,000 square-foot addition to the Aquarium of the Pacific.