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Grants/Awards/Fund Raising Activities


A portion of the project funding for the seismic upgrade and rehabilitation of Pasadena City Hall will be raised by the City of Pasadena through a combination of grant awards and fund-raising activities/souvenirs.


Throughout the duration of the project,  the city actively pursued all available federal, state, local and foundation grant opportunities in order to offset the project construction costs.  The City was successful, to date, in securing a total of $10,595,414 in grant funding through the following agencies:

  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) - Hazard Mitigation Program Grant  (HMPG): $6,695,414

  • California Heritage Fund Grant (CHF): $100,000

  • FEMA 2005 Pre Disaster Mitigation Grant (PDM): $3,000,000    

  • California Cultural and Historical Endowment Grant (CCHE) 2006: $800,000


Following project completion, the City of Pasadena has received numerous awards for the City Hall Project from the design, preservation and construction industries including the following:


  • City Beautification/Heritage Award - San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership -

  • Heritage Award - Foothill California Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA)      

  • 24th Annual Reconstruction Awards - Gold Award 2007 - Building Design & Construction Magazine  

  • Restoration Award Winner-Southern California - California Construction


  • Aon Build America National Awards- Merit Award : Pasadena City Hall Project. Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).

  • Constructor Award - Excellence in Construction Techniques. AGC of California

  • Building Design & Construction.  Building Team Award.

  • Cornerstone Concrete.  2008 Excellence Award.

  • Starnet Commercial Flooring Design Awards. 2008 Environmental Achievement in Flooring.

  • Project Achievement Award Winner. Pasadena City Hall. Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) Southern California Chapter

  • 2008 Preservation Award:. Los Angeles Conservancy. 

  • Opal 'Project of the Year' Award - Merit Award:  Outstanding Civil Engineering Award.  American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

  • 2008 Constructor Awards - "Excellence in Construction Techniques or Materials"  Associated General Contractors of California.

  • Chairman's Heritage Award 2008. Pasadena Beautiful Foundation.

  • Planning Landmark Award. Los Angeles Section of the American Planning Association (LA-APA).

  • LEED® Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council .

  • APWA  'Project of the Year Award'  American Public Works Association at  2008 International Public Works Congress.

  • 2008 Preservation Sustainability Award - California Preservation Foundation  (CPF) to be presented in Long Beach, CA, October 18, 2008.

  • National Preservation Award - National Trust for Historic Preservation, Tulsa, OK- October 23, 2008.  To view the video clip and information on the City Hall award, visit:  NTHP Award



The City Hall project has been the subject of television reports on both local and national news stations, including a segment on KTLA Channel 5 on Earthquake preparedness in 2006  and the City Hall project in 2007.  Most recently, on May 19, 2008, the project was featured on MSNBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.  To view this video, please click on the video link below.


City Hall Souvenirs Help Pave the Way

From postcards and key chains to t-shirts and cloisonné pins, all proceeds from the sale of official city souvenirs were targeted to help fund the city hall project. The city continues to offer a full line of souvenir products available for purchase at Pasadena City Hall, 2nd Floor, Room S220. Click here for more information and pricing on City Hall souvenirs.