County Begins Demolition of Building 16, First Step in Civic Center Facilities Master Plan

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February 28, 2017

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 County Begins Demolition of Building 16, First Step in Civic Center Facilities Master Plan

Santa Ana, CA (February 28, 2017) — Demolition began yesterday as an entire wall of the County of Orange’s Building 16 was knocked down, marking the beginning of exterior demolition and a historic milestone in the start of the County’s Civic Center Facilities Master Plan first phase.

Originally named the “Welfare Building,” Building 16 was completed in 1955 at a cost of about $785,000 and was the first Civic Center structure completed. Now, it’s the first structure to be demolished as the County moves forward with its master plan.

Board of Supervisors Vice-Chair Andrew Do, First District Supervisor, Supervisor Shawn Nelson, Fourth District and Supervisor Lisa Bartlett, Fifth District, were present to commemorate the demolition’s significance.

“This is an important step in constructing and renovating buildings throughout the existing Civic Center area to address aging infrastructure and improve the delivery of County services to our residents,” said Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Michelle Steel, Second District Supervisor.

“We are operating with a new way of thinking,” Vice-Chair Andrew Do, First District Supervisor said. “We are reevaluating how we use County facilities, to make sure we are using our facilities and our taxpayers’ dollar efficiently and effectively.”

According to the County of Orange Civic Center Facilities Master Plan approved by the Board of Supervisors in February 2015, a new six-story office building will be built on the site of the existing Building 16.

“This new building will provide much needed public benefit,” said Supervisor Todd Spitzer, Third District. “Rather than driving from place to place around Santa Ana to conduct business with multiple County agencies, the new building will have a one-stop public counter that will bring 13 different County agencies together.”

Building 16 was one of two twin gateway buildings located at the west entrance to the County-owned block of the Civic Center. It is a three-story structure, with approximately 36,000 square feet of office space and has been unoccupied since the mid-1980s.

“This project is necessary and long overdue,” said Supervisor Shawn Nelson, Fourth District. “The County needs to utilize the space we have to serve the public as efficiently as possible.”

The project will be delivered by a Public Private Partnership (P3) between the County and the Griffin Structures team utilizing tax-exempt financing with a long-term lease with the County, which will then own the facility at the end of the lease term.

“P3’s are an innovative way to allow both the public and private sectors to do what they do best, increasing cost-effectiveness and making better use of County resources,” said Supervisor Lisa Bartlett, Fifth District.

Approximate construction and affiliated costs for the new Building 16 are estimated at $166 million and the building is estimated to be ready for occupancy in 2020.

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  • OCservant_Leader

    Yea – get rid of the evidence!

    So this was one of the first County Buildings- built by the taxpayers
    Then it gets sold to a private investor?
    and then leased back to the County? eh
    then it becomes a “sick building” and uninhabitable?
    then the County buys it back for 3.5M? eh
    but then it is has to demolished at the tax payers expense?

    What kind of funny math is this?

    • David Zenger

      I don’t know the details of what you have described. Here’s what I do know.

      This was a perfectly serviceable structure that for some reason had to be gotten rid of. It was built of structural steel with massive concrete exterior panels. The basement was a nuclear fall out shelter!

      It was so funny to listen to the drones go on about how the building was no good because it had asbestos (there was some chrysolite in floor tiles and the equipment penthouse stucco) and had to be demolished.

      When I pointed out that prior to demolition the asbestos would have to be removed too – just like if the County kept the building, all I got were dumb stares.

      So the County had to pay the cost of demo and wastes the built value of the existing structure. Why? Because the BoS cooked up a scheme to build new, hiring a “developer” to do what the County Public Works Department should easily have been able to do – build stuff.

      If you want to look for the reasons you need go no farther than the Form 460s and look up Griffin Structures.

      • OCservant_Leader

        Thank you!

        This was a scheme By the the BOS!

        The sale-lease back – scheme only benefited the very few at the top.

        What a taxpayer screw-over.

        • OCservant_Leader

          And there’s no funds to deal with the homeless… really?

      • OCservant_Leader

        Hey Zenger
        Did you ever know anything about the “other” building #16?

        It is connected…the same crew made Millions on it. It’s on Sycamore- right next to the old BOS building. It needs to be demolished too – but most records are already shredded.