New County Administration Building unveiled at ‘Grand Opening’

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Photos courtesy of the County.

By Kathy Chouteau

An outdoor event marked the “Grand Opening” of the new Contra Costa County Administration Building in downtown Martinez yesterday, with local officials and other stakeholders coming out for the midday celebration.

The event ushered in the opening of a state-of-the-art office administration building and civic plaza located on historic grounds formerly occupied by a now-demolished office tower and jail from circa 1902.  

Speakers that day outside the newly unveiled, modern building included Chief Assistant County Administrator, Contra Costa County Eric Angstadt; Board Chair Federal D. Glover, District 5 Supervisor; and Mayor of Martinez Brianne Zorn. District 1 Supervisor John Gioia, who represents Richmond and other nearby cities, was also in attendance.

The new Administration Building features state-of-the-art architecture by KMD Architects that syncs with nearby historic buildings, while concurrently being constructed with sustainable elements such as on-site photovoltaics for high-performance energy use, responsibly sourced finishes and low embodied carbon materials.

Additions to the new space include a new public law library, ground-floor retail spaces, a parking garage, street improvements and an advanced storm water system. The building has also consolidated essential services under one roof by housing various County administrative departments such as the Office of Racial Equity and Social Justice, the Law Library, the Public Defender and the County Sheriff’s Civil Division.

The new Contra Costa County Administration Building is located at 1025 Escobar St. in Martinez. Check out a video tour of the new building here.