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City Hall Restoration Oversight Committee



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 Committee provided 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 construction timelines.

Following final completion of the project City Council sunset the Oversight Committee in January 2008.