Newport Beach CA | Completed 2013 | Architect: Bohlin Cynwinski Jackson
The new Newport Beach Civic Center and Park, located on a 16 acre site adjacent to the central library, is conceived as a new civic heart for the community. Civic gardens in the southern portion of the site transition to passive recreation parkland that provides habitat for native flora and fauna. Representative plant communities include Torrey pine woodland, coastal sage scrub, chapparal, and grassland meadows. Site constraints such as highly alkaline existing soils, an existing wetland, and a grade change of 120 feet along the length of the site demanded innovative thinking to accomodate programmatic goals and provide suitable horticultural conditions. The use of ecological principles in a native plant community based approach to planting design, coupled with stormwater detention and treatment were instrumental in addressing sustainability goals. Work completed with PWP Landscape Architecture.