Long Beach Civic Center Complex

Plenary Edgemoor Civic Partners selected by the City and Port of Long Beach to redevelop Civic Center Complex

Published 10 December 2014

LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA – Plenary Edgemoor Civic Partners (PECP)—a Plenary led consortium also including Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate, Clark Construction Group, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and Johnson Controls—has been selected by the City of Long Beach and the Port of Long Beach as the Preferred Proposer on a project to develop, design, build, finance, operate and maintain a new Civic Center.

“We’re pleased to have this opportunity to partner with the City and the Port in delivering this important civic asset for Long Beach residents,” said Dale Bonner, Plenary Concessions Executive Chairman.  “The revitalized Civic Center will be welcoming and engaging for all people in the City and serve as a catalyst of civic participation for many years to come.”

The project includes the creation of a new City Hall, a new Main Library, a revitalized Lincoln Park, parking facilities, and a new headquarters for the Port of Long Beach, as well as complimentary private development in downtown Long Beach.  By utilizing a public-private partnership model, Long Beach is able to achieve this redeveloped Civic Center without costing more than it currently pays to use and maintain existing facilities.

On February 12, 2013, the Long Beach City Council initiated the process when it directed its staff to prepare and release a Request for Qualifications (RFQ).  Of seven teams that responded, the City chose three to issue a more detailed Request for Proposals (RFP).  Two teams ultimately submitted final proposals, and it is from among these that PECP was chosen.

“The selection process was rigorous and we’re thankful that the City chose us to help deliver on its vision,” said Stuart Marks, Long Beach Civic Center Project Director and Plenary Senior Vice President. “Long Beach is a diverse and forward thinking City and we developed a proposal that speaks to this perspective.”

PECP’s proposal includes a number of innovative and sustainability minded features. The New Main Library is based on sustainable design and state-of-the art programming and interior planning. The new library will be relocated to the northern end of the revitalized Lincoln Park with dual entries to engage park users and the surrounding neighborhoods to the north. A revitalized Lincoln Park has been designed with walkways, lighting and landscaping to create multiple activity zones and improved amenability and public safety.

The City Hall and Port Headquarters are designed as separate and distinct buildings to meet their respective programming and security requirements, as well as to create a modern and efficient workplace environment.  The separate buildings have shared facilities and both open to the new Civic Plaza.  The new City Hall, Port headquarters and Main Library are each designed to achieve a LEED Platinum rating.

The project also utilizes an innovative financial structure with tax-exempt and taxable finance elements in order to deliver an efficient cost of capital for the City while achieving the City’s long-term risk transfer objectives.  Under this arrangement, the City maintains ownership of the Civic Center land and facilities for the life of the agreement which is for a term of 40 years from construction completion.

The Plenary Edgemoor Civic Partners consortium will now enter into exclusive negotiations with the City of Long Beach and the Port of Long Beach to prepare a development agreement for the implementation of the Project, which covers robust community outreach, development of a final design, the entitlement process and finalization of commercial and finance documentation.