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Civic Center Project
The Town's Civic Center Advisory Committee (CCAC) consists of 7 community volunteers.  They began work in FY 2012/2013 developing a plan to bring a new Town Civic Center to reality.

The CCAC recommended HMC Architects to the City Council to develop the Town's Civic Center Master Plan. The Council awarded the contract in July 2013 and the HMC Team showed their work and listened to community input at numerous events.  HMC presented the final draft of the Master Plan at the March 19, 2014 Council meeting.

The proposed Civic Center will include council chambers, library; and facilities for town administration, the police department, the building department and public works. Bringing together the Town’s public services and public spaces, the Civic Center project hopes to create a “there there” to achieve a balance between meeting the community’s service needs at one location and providing a space for civic pride and engagement.

The CCAC is committed to making sure Atherton residents are included in the process. The CCAC will provide ample opportunities for residents to express their ideas and opinions regarding a new Civic Center. A priority of the Committee is to make sure that information is readily available, and easily attained, so residents can stay informed throughout the process.

Regular meetings of the CCAC occur monthly in the Atherton Council Chambers. These meetings are public meetings and you are always welcome to attend. For more information or to provide feedback/comments, feel free to contact George Rodericks, City Manager at (650) 752-0504 or any member of the Project Team listed to the right.

All meetings of the CCAC are public meetings. Watch the Town's online Calendar and this web page for updates. For the latest "News Releases" for the Civic Center Project visit the News Flash page. To arrange for a tour of current facilities, please contact Gordon Siebert, Town Engineer.

Status of Project
City Council accepted the draft Master Plan on March 19th, 2014. The Master Plan envisions construction of a new buildings to house Administration, Community Development, Police, and a new Library, surrounding a Town Green. Roads would be reconfigured and site work installed to enhance access and safety. City Council awarded a contract on September 17, 2014 to PlaceWorks for approximately $147,000 to analyze environmental impacts and prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the Civic Center Master Plan and Project. A public meeting to receive input on the DEIR is planned for May 4, 2015 at 5:30 pm.

City Council selected WRNS Studio to lead a design team for the project. WRNS will present their analysis and design concepts to the public at several public meetings in May and June. After listening to resident input and with guidance from the Civic Center Advisory Committee, City Council will give WRNS direction on a conceptual design. This will be further refined in a series of meetings to be held throughout Atherton’s neighborhoods to provide ample opportunities for residents to view the proposed design and to give input to guide its further development.

The full Staff Report describing the architect’s selection and initial Scope of Work is available here.

Check back for upcoming opportunities to participate in the Civic Center design process.


Architect Proposals
WRNS Studio 
    • Additional Presentation Material
Harley Ellis Devereaux
Swatt Miers
    • Additional Presentation Material
Siegel & Strain Architects
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

Environmental Impact Report
EIR Scoping Meeting November 3, 2014
Initial Study Checklist

Check back periodically for updates.

Architectural Services for Civic Center Design RFQ 
Civic Center Architect RFP Note: distributed only to invited architects
SFPUC pipeline highlighted 
RFP Q&A December 2, 2014


The staff report and associated documents can be viewed here.
Presentation to City Council: Overview of Master Plan Process

Final Civic Center Master Plan
Master Plan Document
Site Plan
Project Schedule
Appendix A - Meeting Notes
Appendix B - Powerpoint Presentations of Meetings
Appendix C - Photos of Community Meetings
Appendix D - Graphic Recordings
Appendix E - Detailed Program
Appendix F - Detailed Cost Estimate
Appendix G - Survey
Appendix H - Traffic Report
Appendix I - Arborist Report


Summary of Project

City Council accepted a Master Plan prepared by HMC Architects in March 2014.
Key elements are a City Hall which includes Council Chambers, municipal departments, permit center, post office and police station, and a library facility set within a well-landscaped town center to create a focal point for the community’s civic services.

Project Documents
PowerPoint Presentation from Public Workshop #1 - September 17
Existing Conditions Plan
HMC+BPA Proposal - July 17, 2013
HMC+BPA Draft Schedule | Timeline
Civic Center Master Plan RFP
Community Workshop Graphic Recording
Site Challenge Graphic Recording
Likes Dislikes Diagram
Master Plan Presentation to City Council - Process Overview & Project Status - November 6, 2013
December 3, 2013 CCAC meeting agenda and reports
Atherton Town Center Site Master Plan December 11, 2013
Atherton Town Center Option 4.1 December 18, 2013
Mack5 Proposal


Civic Center Staff Project Team

George Rodericks

City Manager
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Gordon Siebert
Town Engineer
Email

Ed Flint
Police Chief
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Theresa DellaSanta
City Clerk
Email

Tom Fortin
SMCL Deputy Director
Email

650-752-0500

Civic Center Advisory Committee

Consultants
Master Plan Consultants
HMC+Beverly Prior Architects
417 Montgomery Street, 8th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104
415-777-9422

Project Management
mack5
Paul Beamer & Mark Kelley
1900 Powell Street
Emeryville, CA 94608
510-595-3020

Architects
Pauline Souza & Adam Woltag
WRNS Studio
501 2nd Street, #402
San Francisco, CA 94107
415-489-2224

Fund Raising
Atherton Now