ReImagining the Ziggurat: A Community Brainstorming

Chet Holifield Federal Building

24000 Avila Road
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Logo with text Reimagining the Ziggurat and an abstract partial view illustration of a tiered building

Project Information

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 led 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.

Final Report

The Chet Holifield community workshops have concluded. Read the Final Report [PDF - 21 MB].


Last Reviewed: 2022-03-07