Hesperia Civic Center

Hesperia, California

High desert environs inspire sustainable vision for new civic center

The Hesperia Civic Center is a 27-acre master plan that features a new 50,000-square-foot city hall, a 20,000-square-foot library and a 40,000-square-foot police department. The project also includes a grand civic plaza that serves as the centerpiece of the city’s revitalized downtown.

The City of Hesperia is located in the high desert of Southern California with the San Bernardino Mountains as a backdrop. The design draws inspiration from the local climate, geographic features and native plants. Building colors and materials were selected to complement the civic center’s desert surroundings. Joshua trees placed at strategic locations express the area’s uniqueness.

The two-story city hall building houses council chambers, city staff offices and administrative support spaces. Located off the entry lobby, a double-height atrium provides access to public service counters.
The adjacent single-story library features a dramatic sloped roof structure. The interior reading room walls are painted with a mural that celebrates the region’s flora and fauna.

Part of a subsequent build-out, the two-story police facility contains an emergency operating center, patrol and detective services, evidence storage and handling, and secured parking for 285 staff and department vehicles. The project achieved LEED Gold and was the city’s first USGBC-certified facility. Sustainable components include daylight harvesting, water conservation, recycled materials and a large array of photovoltaic panels on both the building roof and on covered-parking structures.

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