City of Lake Forest Civic Center

Lake Forest, California

  • Services Structural Engineering
  • Market(s) Civic
  • Awards ASCE 2020 Parks & Recreation Project of the Year


Square Foot Council Chambers/Performing Arts Venue


Square Foot Community Center


Square Foot Community Policing/Emergency
Operations Center/Administrative Offices
City of Lake Forest Civic Center

The new $80 million Lake Forest Civic Center is set on a 6.4 acre campus and includes four buildings totalling approximately 100,000 square feet centered around a 50-foot clock tower, reminiscent of those in early town squares. The Project includes a Senior Center, Community Center, Performing Arts Center/Council Chambers and City Hall/Police Services building and a parking deck overlooking a constructed wetlands. The campus incorporates a Craftsman-style architecture, highlighting the City’s ranch history with the use of natural elements such as stone and large-timber beams.

The Lake Forest Civic Center was designed and built to become a destination for residents through its location, architecture and landscaping. The campus provides new amenities for residents and maximizes multiple uses with meeting rooms, open spaces and even a movable City Council dais that slides more than 10 feet to create a stage for community plays or other events.  For the first time in the City’s history, the community will have a dedicated place for seniors, a large community center available for rent, a community theater, and a City Hall that is actually owned by the City.  The LEED rated campus is set next to the Serrano Creek trail and overlooks a restored wetlands area.

Additional Services Provided:

  • Building Design
  • Seismic Design
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