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 Project Summary/Green Building Elements



Construction of Pasadena City Hall was initiated in May 2005 and completed in June 2007 over two months ahead of schedule and within the project budget.  Clark Construction Group - California LP served as the City's building contractor for the project.

Construction Cost: $   84,932,767
Total Project Cost: $ 117,594,083

Scope of Project Activities : 

Building Activities: 

1.   Historic building restoration/site protection 

2.   Demolition (basement, arcade & interior partitions complete)

3.   Earthwork and excavation     

4.   Shoring & Moat Construction  

5.   Basement Structural Systems

6.   Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing & Fire Protection Systems     

7.   Interior Framing & Partitions         

8.   Exterior Building Restoration 

9.   Interior Finishes

10. Elevators and ADA Improvements

11. Site Work                                                                                              

Green Building Components:

Although the project wasn’t originally designed to include sustainable design, staff was challenged to incorporate sustainable building elements in the project.  In fact the City of Pasadena adopted a Green City Initiative and Sustainability Ordinance. City leaders believed it was important that Pasadena's government "'practiced what it preached", and directed that staff pursue the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) design standards for the City Hall project at the Base Certification level.  For more information on the LEED award, see City News

Environmentally-responsible building design elements incorporated into the project include the following:

  • Highly energy efficient central plant facilities

  • Purchase of 100% Green Power for the building

  • Water Use Reduction through energy efficient fixtures such as: low flow faucets, dual-flush toilets and  waterless urinals

  • Use of Low Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) in paint, carpeting, flooring, tile, wood products, and office furnishings

  • Green Cleaning Products

  • No Smoking in the facility and grounds of City Hall

  • Reducing Car Trips, employee showers, bicycle parking

  • Recycling and Waste program

  • Controllability of Lighting Systems (automatic light shut off system)

  • Use of Recycled Content and Local Materials

  • Sustainable Education Program

  • Providing Optimal Day lighting and Views by re-establishing the original (historic) window and ceiling heights within the building

As a result of the collaboration between the city, the design team, LEED consultant and the contractor, the Pasadena City Hall project achieved the LEED®  GOLD Certification level by the USGBC, a noteworthy achievement for a historic building of this type and complexity.  The City was presented with the LEED Gold Certification by the USGBC at a ceremony held on June 5, 2008.

Construction Updates:   Throughout the duration of the project, photographs were taken showing construction progress.  To see the catalog of monthly construction activities from 2005-2007,  click on Construction Update Photos. Throughout the duration of the project, regular city updates were also published bi-monthly in Pasadena In-Focus, the community newsletter.