Chet Holifield Federal Building

Chet Holifield Federal Building24000 Avila Road
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

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The Chet Holifield Federal Building is one of Orange County’s largest and easily recognizable buildings with its unique ziggurat-style architecture. The federal building is located between Alicia Parkway and La Paz Road at the Avila Road cross street. It is also the site of a large 3,840-cell photovoltaic system that produces 914 KiloWatts of electricity annually to support building operations.

Building Information

Property Manager: Samantha Shintaku

Public Hours: 7 a.m.– 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (except federal holidays)

For more building information or service calls, see contact information at top right (or by scrolling down on mobile devices). For other federal government information, call 1-800-FED-INFO.

Parking and Public Transportation

Free public (and employee) parking is available at the south and east parking lots. Public transportation is provided by OCTA [a nongovernment website].

Public Access

All public visitors are required to pass through electronic security equipment located on the first floor. ADA access is available at the east entrance to the building.

Key Tenants

Major tenants are the California Service Center for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, IRS, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. In the latest (2015) Tenant Satisfaction Survey, 63% rated the federal building and GSA services four or five on a five-point scale. Additional information for tenants >

Building Services

AMENITIES OPEN TO LOCATION HOURS OF OPERATION
Ziggy's Cafe Public 2nd floor M-F 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Vending Machines Public 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors 24/7
Eagle Credit Union Public Underfloor by south entrance M-F 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed daily 1:15 to 2 p.m. for lunch)
FedOne Credit Union Public Underfloor M-F 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
ATMs Public South entrance and 2nd floor dining room 24/7
Ziggurat Child Development Center Public and Federal Employees 3rd floor, Room 3409 M-F 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Fitness Center Federal Employees Only 2nd floor, Room 2109 M-F 4 a.m. to 11 p.m. (closed daily 7 to 8 a.m. for cleaning)
Health Unit Federal Employees Only 3rd floor, Room 3013a M-F 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

History and Architecture

The striking Chet Holifield Federal Building was constructed in Laguna Niguel, California, between 1968 and 1971. William L. Pereira & Associates designed the building, which is unlike any other in GSA's inventory. The building has a remarkable stepped pyramid silhouette that is rare in American architecture. The unusual form references ziggurats, ancient Mesopotamian temples.

The building has seven tiers and is constructed of angled, painted, pre-cast concrete panels with reticulation, a textured finish that displays curvilinear forms. The building displays some characteristics of the Brutalist style of Modern architecture, which is distinguished by weighty, massive forms; rough, exposed concrete surfaces; broad, expansive wall planes; and recessed windows.

We are in the process of nominating the building to be listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the official list of the nation's historic places worthy of preservation.

Read more history and architecture >

Awards

The building's multi-agency green team is the proud recipient of these awards:

  • Public Service Partnership Award, Federal Executive Board of Greater Los Angeles, 2013
  • Federal Green Challenge Education and Outreach Award, Environmental Protection Agency, 2013
Last Reviewed 2016-08-05