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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. The City Council unanimously approved the recommendations provided by staff: 1) accept the Master Plan and Project Cost Estimates; 2) Authorize the City Manager to initiate the Master Plan Environmental Review process; 3) Authorize the City Manager to begin preparations for the design phase of the project; and 4) Modify the Civic Center Advisory Committee’s (CCAC’s) charter (Exhibit 1) to include participation through the design phase of the project.

City Council awarded a contract for Project Management to Mack5 on July 16. Mack5 will assist Staff and the CCAC in selecting an architectural team and will lead the cost estimating, scheduling and construction management tasks. Mack5's proposal is included under Project Documents. A geotechnical services agreement is being negotiated. City Council awarded a contract on September 17, 2014 to PlaceWorks for approximately $147,000 to analyze environmental impacts and prepare environmental documents for the Civic Center Master Plan and Project.

The CCAC recommended and City Council approved a two-step process to select an architectural team to design the Civic Center project. This procedure was selected in order to maximize the opportunity to obtain well qualified architectural teams and to subsequently receive high quality, well thought out proposals. In response to its Request for Qualifications sent to over 40 architectural firms, the Town received 16 Statements of Qualifications (SOQ’s) on October 3. The CCAC reviewed the SOQ’s and selected 5 firms whose qualifications were deemed to be most applicable to the Civic Center project. These five firms are:

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson;

Harley Ellis Devereux;

Siegel & Strain;

Swatt/Miers; and

WRNS Studio.

The CCAC recommended that Council authorize the issuance of a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Civic Center Project. Staff presented the Report to Council at their November 5 meeting outlining the efforts of the Civic Center Advisory Committee in review of the RFP, Detailed Scope of Work and Sample Agreement. 

Following discussion and expressions of gratitude to the Civic Center Advisory Committee for their work, the Council authorized issuance of the RFP. The full Staff
Report is available here.

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

Gordon Siebert
Town Engineer

Ed Flint
Police Chief

Theresa DellaSanta
City Clerk

Tom Fortin
SMCL Deputy Director


Civic Center Advisory Committee

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

Project Management
Paul Beamer & Mark Kelley
1900 Powell Street
Emeryville, CA 94608