Comstock's magazine 0618 - June 2018 - Page 63

C ivic structures such as libraries, fire and police stations, city halls, courthouses, civic centers and public works projects help define a community’s identity. As a group, civic institutions are unique: They are open to and serve the public, and reflect the values of a particular community. With a waning economy and the dissolution of California's 400-plus redevelopment agencies to help fund civic projects, alternative funding and delivery models like public-private partnerships and design- build have grown in popularity as they allow local municipalities to better manage costs and risk. Here we feature six civic projects in the Capital Region that used unique delivery models beyond a traditional proposal process, and employed creative design solutions to produce visually stunning and functional structures worthy of their calling. BY Laurie Lauletta-Boshart PHOTOS: Ken James June 2018 | 69