Don Mosier | Del Mar City Council
The Miller Hull Partnership has been selected as the design team for the new Del Mar City Hall/Town Hall project. The ad hoc selection committee (Al Corti, me, David Arnold, William Cecil, Dennis Cruzan, Lewis Dominy, and Pat JaCoby) reviewed 14 initial applications from design groups, and narrowed the field to three firms for full proposals. The selection committee interviewed the three firms on March 27th, and Mayor Corti and I met again with the top two firms on March 31st. Council confirmed the first choice of the Miller Hull Partnership on April 6th, and the firm is now under contract for the design phase of the project.
The three finalists were all well qualified architectural teams that were fully responsive to Del Mar’s request for proposals. The final choice was based on the most experience designing Civic Centers, the most creative public engagement process, the fact that each Civic Center had a unique design that complemented the city and the site, and that the firm produced cost-effective and sustainable designs. The team includes Caroline Kreiser, Principal-in-Charge; Mike Jobes, Design Lead; and Kurt Stolle, Project Manager. Miller Hull has offices in both San Diego and Seattle, and has designed a number of local buildings at UCSD, Mesa College, National City, and the San Ysidro border crossing. The design team was introduced to the council on April 6th, and will hold their first community meeting on May 4th and a second to review initial design ideas on June 1st. They have an excellent team of consultants for landscape architecture, civil and structural engineering, mechanical systems, and cost estimating.
Miller Hull designed the Bainbridge Island City Hall that impressed the selection committee with its integration into the community, its mixed use of outdoor space for both extra parking and their Farmers’ Market, and its customer friendly interior design. We expect that the same creativity will yield a project that will fit the scale of Del Mar, provide better services for residents, preserve scenic views, and serve as a southern anchor for downtown.
I am grateful to the ad hoc selection committee for their hard work in reviewing the proposals of all the design teams and to our Planning Director Kathy Garcia for guiding the process that attracted such well-qualified design teams. Please come and meet the Miller Hull team on May 2nd and June 1st, and help us (finally) get the new City Hall and Civic Center that Del Mar deserves.