Del Mar city hall architects to meet community, get feedback on May 4

Del Mar City Hall
(Kristina Houck)

Although newly hired, Del Mar’s architectural firm has already scheduled events to work closely with the community on the initial concept and schematic phase of the city hall project.

Seeking the community’s input, The Miller Hull Partnership, LLP, is holding a public meet-and-greet from 5-7 p.m. May 4 outside City Hall at 1050 Camino del Mar.

“It’s exciting to have an opportunity to meet the design team that will be working with the community,” said Adam Birnbaum, the city’s planning manager.

The public forum will give community members a chance to get to know the design team, ask questions and make comments.

Kathleen Garcia, the city’s planning and community development director, described the event as a “festival of sorts,” with stations where people can also view the firm’s previous projects.

“They’re going to be here to talk about some of their past work, but really, to listen to the community and get people’s ideas,” Garcia said during the April 20 council meeting.

“A lot of times people have expressed ideas that were further along in the process — well, now we’re there,” she added. “We want them to hear directly from our community about what people have been thinking in terms of the town hall, the plaza and the city administration offices.”

Refreshments will be served. The scheduled council meeting will begin at 7 p.m., after the event.

The council on April 6 unanimously authorized the city manager to enter negotiations with The Miller Hull Partnership for design and construction documents for a new city hall, officially beginning the design stage of the project’s master planning process. The firm’s contract is not to exceed $550,000.

With offices in San Diego and Seattle, The Miller Hull Partnership has designed several local projects, including community buildings for San Ysidro Port of Entry and National City’s Pier 32 Marina, and campus buildings at San Diego Mesa College and UC San Diego. The firm has also worked on six civic center buildings in small Pacific Northwest communities.

The design team said they plan to work closely with the community.

In addition to the meet-and-greet, an open house is scheduled for 5-6 p.m. June 1 in front of City Hall, where The Miller Hull Partnership will present initial design ideas and concept plan options. Public feedback will be welcome at the event, which takes place shortly before the 6 p.m. council meeting.

The Miller Hull Partnership will present its preferred concept at the June 15 council meeting.