The City of Newport Beach is in the process of developing the preliminary architectural concept for a new Library Lecture Hall at the Newport Beach Central Library, 1000 Avocado Avenue. The proposed lecture hall is anticipated to be approximately 7,000-square feet with seating for 275. The final design shall address permits and plans for construction and site landscaping while maintaining connectivity to the existing Civic Center buildings and park setting. The estimated construction cost for this project is $7,000,000.

The City Council appointed a Library Lecture Hall Design Committee to recommend an architect to the City Council and to provide design input to the selected architect. The committee will be assisted by staff in working on this highly visible building, which is expected to be a significant community asset. 

City staff conducted a request for proposals for an architectural design firm in July 2019. The Library Lecture Hall Design Committee held its first meeting on July 31 to begin the process of reviewing the seven proposals. Community members are welcome to join in the conversation to assist the committee with evaluating the proposals and participate throughout the design process.



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