Long Beach P3 designs unveiled

Two shortlisted teams have presented their designs for the new Long Beach Civic Center in California, with a $44m difference in total construction costs.

According to the City of Long Beach, shortlisted consortia Long Beach CiviCore Alliance and Plenary Edgemoor Civic Partners submitted proposals that achieved the requirements of the request for proposals (RFP), including the requirement by the city to pay no more than $12.6m plus inflation per annum for the project. Payment for the Port of Long Beach HQ will be separate.

The winning team will finance, design, build and operate a new city hall and library on a 15-acre stretch of land in downtown Long Beach, which currently includes a court house and the Lincoln Park. 

It will also include the redevelopment of the park, with an optional inclusion of a permanent headquarters for the Port of Long Beach. The term of the concession is 40 years.

Long Beach CiviCore Alliance, led by Macquarie with Fentress as lead architect, have estimated that the Civic Center will cost $169.77m, with the HQ for the Port of Long Beach, including a helipad, to cost $144.22m. 

The Plenary Edgemoor Civic Partners team, led by Plenary Group, with a joint venture of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and Kelly Sutherlin McLeod as lead architects, have estimated that the Civic Center will cost $178.68m, with the HQ for the Port of Long Beach to cost $179.02m. 

Both teams presented designs with connected but separate city and port administrative buildings. 
Plenary Edgemoor designs included a larger library, while CiviCore’s included a 250 bed hotel to be operated by InterContinental Hotels. CiviCore would also partner with Cal State Long Beach and Long Beach City College to create a 15,000sq ft ‘innovation village’ on the site.

Bidders will make further presentations at the Port of Long Beach on October 27. At the end of the public outreach process, the city is planning to announce a preferred bidder for the deal. 

When the RFP was issued the authority expected to name a preferred proposer in July 2014, with the contract to be signed up to 17 months from that selection.

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