In 1999, the Pasadena City Council established the City Hall Restoration
Oversight Committee, an appointed group of 13 citizens with professional
expertise in the fields of architecture, seismic engineering, structural
engineering, historic preservation, project/construction management,
corporate banking, mediation and education. The committee monitors the
rehabilitation of Pasadena City Hall and makes recommendations to the City
Council regarding the progress of the project.
This committee, chaired by Dr. Paul Jennings, provost and professor of
civil engineering at Caltech and an expert in design of earthquake
resistant buildings, provided in-depth technical expertise to the City
Council and the community on various project elements including seismic
retrofit options, overall project scope, design and historic preservation
issues, landscape design and tree preservation practices. The Oversight
recommendations regarding various funding sources for the project,
including grant opportunities. Because of the city's concerns about the
architectural and engineering features of the restoration and
historic preservation of City Hall, the committee also reviewed changes in
scope, cost and project schedule. For a list of members who served on the Oversight Committee, see Committee Members.
Over the course of the last five years, the Oversight Committee
convened over 80 public meetings to discuss various aspects of the
project, including overall project scope of work, historic
preservation-related concerns, budget, and project planning and
Following final completion of the project City Council sunset the
Oversight Committee in January 2008.