County Buildings – Changes on the Horizon

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County Buildings – Changes on the Horizon

A new year, a new beginning and the perfect time to see what new County buildings are on the horizon. General Services works year-round to improve and modernize our work and client spaces so we can provide better customer service.

Here’s a look at what we can expect in 2018:


Sheriff’s Crime Lab 

Scheduled Completion: Summer 2018

Project: The exterior enclosure is almost complete and installation of the interior finishes has begun on the new 151,000-square-foot facility at the County Operations Center. The building will house the crime lab, space for Sheriff’s property and evidence materials, and administrative offices. The new project will move the Crime Lab close to the Medical Examiner’s office.

North Coastal Regional Center:

Scheduled Completion: Summer 2018

Project: Construction is underway for a new 36,000-square-foot facility in Oceanside. The building is going up where the Regional Center/Public Health Center was located. The center will consolidate behavioral health, public health and administration in one place. In the meantime, HHSA staff is working from a leased space at 3609 Ocean Ranch Blvd. in Oceanside. A site search is underway for a larger north coastal Family Resource Center as well.

Pine Valley Fire Station:

Scheduled Completion: December 2018

Project: A groundbreaking ceremony kicked off construction for a new Pine Valley Fire Station last month. The 13,000-square-foot station will be double the size of the old building. The two-story facility will feature sleeping quarters for up to 15 people and four bays for emergency vehicles. 

Borrego Springs Library, Park and Sheriff’s Office:

Scheduled Completion: Fall/Winter 2018

Project: Officials broke ground in October for a new approximately 14,000-square-foot library branch that will be six times the size of the current leased facility. The project includes a Sheriff’s office and a 16-acre community park across the street. Plans for the park include play structures, court sports and picnic areas. 

Borrego Springs Library Construction

Borrego Springs Library, Park and Sheriff’s Office Site Plan

Boulevard 24/7 Library To Go Kiosk:

Scheduled Completion: March 2018

Project: A fully automated library kiosk with an overhead canopy and wind screen will provide 24/7 access to popular movies and books for the local community, where access to a traditional branch library may not be available. Anyone with a valid County Library card may use the new kiosk. This kiosk will be the fourth for the San Diego County Library.

New Beginnings

Lakeside Library: The County has purchased a site for a new approximately 15,000-square-foot library which would triple the size of the current branch built in 1962. The new zero-net energy facility will include children and teen spaces, plus a community room.  

Casa de Oro Library: A site search is underway for a place to build a new approximately 15,000 square-foot library to replace the current branch located at a strip mall. The new facility will include for the first time a community room as well as specific areas for teens and children.  

Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk East County Operations and Archive: Construction is expected to start in 2018 on a new 23,900-square foot facility in Santee. The current El Cajon facility is located inside a converted bank that was built in 1957. The new structure will include modern archival storage and maintenance of significant historical documents. Completion is scheduled for mid-2019.  

ARCC East County

Cedar/Kettner Development Property: Negotiations are underway for development of the vacant land adjoining the Cedar/Kettner parking structure site for a private residential and commercial project. Construction could start in late 2019/early 2020.  

Major Renovations and Remodeling

San Diego Juvenile Justice Campus: Master planning is underway for redevelopment of the Kearny Mesa facility. The existing site will be renovated and redeveloped to include an urban camp setting, new community supervision services, housing and support facilities.

County Administration Center: Procurement ofthe design and construction teamfor the major systems upgrade will begin this quarter. The mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire/life safety systems are past their useful life and will be replaced in phases.

Planning Stages

Southeastern Live Well Center: Site acquisition is proceeding for a Live Well Center that will consolidate the Southeast Family Resource Center, Public Health and Mental Health in one place. The facility will also house Probation staff and offer meeting spaces to community groups.

Health Services Complex Replacement: Planning is underway toredevelop the Health Services Complex in the Midway District. The project would replace the Rosecransfacility, consolidate associated HHSA functions in the new building and provide a parking structure.  

Bonita-Sunnyside Branch Library Expansion: Design-Build procurement will begin this quarter for the expansion of the Bonita-Sunnyside Branch Library. Plans include a new children’s area, an expanded teen’s area, and various interior improvements to the existing library.

Ohio Street Probation Office: Thecurrent officein North Park has closed and is being demolished. A new facility designed to help rehabilitation and treatment will be built in its place.

Emergency Vehicle Operations Course: Planning is underway and a design-build team will be hired in late 2018 so design can begin. Construction will begin after the property closes escrow in 2019. Completion is anticipated in 2020.    

Palomar Mountain Fire Station Living Quarters: The project, located next to the existing fire house, will provide approximately 1,900 square feet of living space for six personnel, renovate an existing office in the fire house, and other site improvements.

Santa Ysabel Nature Center: The 6,000-square-foot nature center will include interpretive and educational exhibits, a conference room for up to 100 people, an outdoor patio, an information area, restrooms and staff offices. The center will be located next to Highways 78 and 79 in Santa Ysabel. Construction could be completed in fall 2019.

For more information on planned and proposed constructions projects, see General Services’ Current Capital Projects List.