SOM in the Press

The New Long Beach Civic Center

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On July 29th, 2019, Long Beach marked a major milestone in its history and a new era in its downtown development by opening to the public a brand new City Hall, Civic Chambers, Port of Long Beach Administration Building, and Civic Plaza – the first phase of the Long Beach Civic Center master plan development.

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Plenary-Edgemoor Civic Partners (PECP) is the development partner, and its three main consortium contractors are Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) for the design, Clark Construction as the builder, and Johnson Controls International (JCI) to operate and maintain the buildings.

In “The New Long Beach Civic Center,” a book produced by South Coast Publishing, we will examine the multi-layered history of how this development came about, the pioneering business model, the transformation of a megablock into a pedestrian-scaled area, the sunsoaked buildings, and all of those ‘little’ things that make a space a place, from attractive signage to public art.

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