ReImagining the Ziggurat: A Community Brainstorming
Chet Holifield Federal Building
24000 Avila Road
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) is preparing to sell the Chet Holifield Federal Building and its associated real estate in Laguna Niguel, CA. The Public Buildings Reform Board, an independent agency created by the Federal Assets Sale & Transfer Act of 2016, identified this property as an opportunity for the federal government to significantly reduce its real estate inventory and thereby reduce costs.
The Chet Holifield Federal Building, also known as the “Ziggurat,” is a seven-story, 1,054,233-square-foot (gross) office building situated on 89 acres in the heart of Laguna Niguel. The property includes 4,777 parking spaces, services support and security buildings, recreational and landscaped areas, and non-contiguous utility parcels including a water reservoir building, cooling tower, and thermal energy storage tank. It is also the site of a large photovoltaic system that produces electricity to support building operations.
Due to its unique ziggurat design, the property is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. GSA is in the process of determining what effect the disposal will have on the historic property in accordance with Sections 106 and 110 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).
GSA is committed to supporting local community goals and is seeking input from community stakeholders as it identifies potential future concepts for this unique property. GSA has partnered with Griffin Enright Architects (GEA) to facilitate a series of virtual community workshops to solicit, consider and document community feedback. Over the course of four workshops, GEA will lead stakeholders in developing and refining a series of preferred concepts for the site, considering preservation, demolition for new construction, and everything in between.
GSA does not intend to identify a single preferred development concept, only to identify several development concepts that have been informed by community engagement. The information generated through this process is considered pre-decisional by GSA and may be used as a tool to understand the effects to the historic property and as part of GSA’s compliance with Section 106 of NHPA.
- Kick-Off Meeting: Building and Site Orientation
Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. PDT.
This kick-off included an introduction to the project, a review of the project video and existing documents, welcoming of stakeholders, and review of the schedule. Participants were asked for input in order for the design team to begin to assess stakeholder concerns and ideas for the property.
- Workshop #1: Preliminary Research
Tuesday, October 26, 2021, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. PDT. Register.
The design team will report back to the participating stakeholders the findings from the kick-off meeting, outlining the possibilities of future programming of the project. Further input from the stakeholders will be elicited, and the design team will hold interactive brainstorming exercises to begin to visualize the possibilities of potential alternatives.
- Workshop #2: Preliminary Concepts Presentation and Feedback
Thursday, November 4, 2021, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. PDT. Register.
The design team will present the first round of three to five design alternatives for the property. Further input from stakeholders will be elicited based on the designs, and the design team will collect this input to be incorporated in the next design stage.
- Workshop #3: Concept Refinement and Feedback
Tuesday, November 16, 2021, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. PST. Register.
The design team will present the revised and further developed three to five design alternatives for the property based on input from the stakeholders in Workshop #2. The design team will collect this input to be incorporated in the final design stage.
- Workshop #4: Final Concepts and Feedback
Thursday, December 2, 2021, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. PST. Register.
The design team will present the final three to five design alternatives for the property based on input from the stakeholders in Workshop #3. The design team will present each alternative in detail and collect and document the input. A Final Report will follow on the entire design process and will document the outcomes and input from the stakeholders.