Demolition Clears Site for New County of Orange Administration North Building

Bulldozers are moving and the groundwork is taking shape on the future site of the new County of Orange Administration North building. The existing County buildings were demolished this month to make way for the new six-story administration building, which will include a new hearing room for the Board of Supervisors. "Construction is on schedule as we now engage with County staff and Swinerton Builders via weekly online meetings,” says Jeremy Hart, LPA Director of Civic + Cultural.

Once demolition concludes, excavation will commence and we will prepare for the building's foundations and the underground garage.”

County of Orange Administration North will be a sister building to County Administration South, the six-story, 250,000-square-foot building that opened last fall. The buildings are part of the County’s Civic Center Master Plan, one of the largest public-private partnerships (P3) under development on the West Coast, created with Griffin Structures as lead developer, LPA as the design partner and Swinerton Builders as the general contractor.

Slated for completion in July 2022, County Administration North will help consolidate County offices and create more efficient work environments for the County, in addition to the multi-functional meeting room for Supervisors and County Commissioners. The design will also feature many of the same energy-saving techniques employed on the South building, which met the AIA 2030 Commitment target of a 70 percent reduction in fossil fuel energy use.

“The North building will utilize passive energy strategies similar to the effective solutions already in use in the new South building,” Hart says. “We approached this project with the same goal of energy efficiency, resilience and sustainability.”