San Diego County Operations Center

San Diego, California

The County Operations Center consolidated twenty five widely dispersed work groups into an integrated campus on Kearny Mesa. Widely recognized for its civic character and its ability to create a compact, pedestrian-oriented campus, our plan allowed for phased development without interruption of the County’s existing and on-going operations on the site, which included important customer serving operations and mission-critical activities such as the Medical Examiner’s building, the Sheriff’s headquarters, and the “911” emergency communications center. The new buildings are organized around a series of individual plazas and courtyards, each incorporating landscaping and art to reflect the various cultures that make San Diego unique. The campus offers an inviting and comfortable place for both employees and customers and is envisioned as a model and benchmark for future development in Kearny Mesa.

Incorporating a significant collection of newly commissioned, site specific public art, public spaces throughout the campus are enlivened by the work of important contemporary artists. The Center also created the County’s first archive of historically significant artifacts, which are displayed at entry areas to departmental offices.

The Center reflects the County’s commitment to sustainable design, and the office buildings are certified LEED Gold, with the Conference and Dining center earning LEED Platinum status. The Center earned numerous awards for design and sustainability. It was named “Outstanding Governmental Building of the Year” by the California Center for Sustainable Energy and received the AIA California Council’s Merit Award for Sustainable Design.

900,000 SF Public Administration Offices
120,000 SF Registrar of Voters, administrative offices, conference/training, warehouse
15,000 SF Conference and Dining Center
12,000 SF Central Plant
55,000 SF whole house renovations to create offices, testing labs and warehouse space
Replace an existing government operations center on a 38 acre site with an entirely new one that accommodates 3,000 daily users without interrupting the on-going public service mission
Master Planning
Interior Design
Landscape Architecture
Lowe Enterprises
Project Management Associates
Suffolk Construction
Gail Goldman Associates
Office Buildings - LEED Gold
Dining Center - LEED Platinum