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New County Operations Center campus to consolidate departments

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The redevelopment of the 1960s vintage one- and two-story, 260,000-square-foot County Operations Center (COC) in Kearny Mesa will consolidate departments and functions from nine locations into a new County Operations Center campus comprising six four-story, steel-frame buildings of approximately 150,000 square feet each, a 20,000-square-foot conference center with food services, a new central plant and two multi-level parking structures.

The new COC includes a Planning and Permitting Center to provide one-stop convenience for county customers, while other departments now housed at the nearby County Annex facility and various other sites will also be relocated to the COC for centralized, efficient operations and public services. The project encompasses the construction in two phases. The six office buildings are positioned to accommodate the grouping of departments and functions and promote a campus environment. Project cost is more than $500 million.

The project is in the LEED Silver pre-certification process. Site planning will accommodate employee and customer parking while encouraging pedestrian use of the campus and integration of existing and future transit options. Building design incorporates functional technologies in interior environmental controls, maximum office day lighting and building shell construction. The existing storm water porous paving and treatment facility will be maintained and enhanced, and xeriscape principals will minimize landscape water use. The project will continue the high level of recycling of demolition and construction waste establish in the first new campus project now in construction, the Medical Examiner and Forensic Center.

Historically, Kearny Mesa has been a warehouse and production zone with low-density commercial uses. The County Operations Center is a walkable facility in close proximity to the growing mixed-use Spectrum development. This intensification of uses in an established urban core promotes forward thinking land planning and architectural design, and allows employee and facility management programs to strengthen county commitment to green principals.

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