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Highland was selected to design and construct a new Civic Center and related facilities for the City of Vista.

The Civic Center is located at 600 Eucalyptus Avenue, which is the site of the current City Hall, park and area surrounding the current library.

The new Civic Center includes a 3 story, 103,000 SF building, with space for City Council Chambers and offices, together with public spaces and offices supporting City services and Community Development. A community center with an alternate use as an emergency operations center will be available for use by the public. 500 Parking spaces will also be provided.

The Vista Civic Center is more than a city hall. It will be a place for city government, community interaction and public education. Not only will city offices be consolidated from their current condition, but a stronger relationship to the adjacent library will be established. Further, the adjacent park will be improved and link both facilities not only to each other, but to the surrounding community.

A key planning concept is the fluid integration of the building components to the linear park. The line between landscape topography and architecture is intentionally blurred. Experientially, building becomes park and park becomes building. This dynamic will be designed in a way that creates diverse spaces and experiences. The end result will be as if the hillside was stretched out, reaching toward the public realm. Connections to the park shall be experienced at both the first and second floors.

As one initially approaches the Civic Center, it reveals itself flowing toward the corner of Eucalyptus and Escondido Boulevard, perhaps even to be renamed Civic Center Drive.

The main entry opens out onto a ceremonial civic plaza. One will be able to see through the high volume lobby to a courtyard and the park beyond. The entry is identified not only by its scale, but by the building carrying pedestrian flow around to it.

A second open air entry to the courtyard shall be located just to the north of the formal entry. This entry point allows free passage under a public bridge and terrace connecting the community room to the chambers and city offices. The courtyard and terrace again create interactive experiences for both city staff and the community.

Between the two entrances is a symbolic icon for the city. This symbol will find its form magnifying the unique environmental qualities of Vista. Shade and shadow will be choreographed. Views to, from and through, using sunlight during the day and carefully placed artificial at night will create a variety of experiences. As one moves around the City Council Chambers, its presentation shall resonate with the community members and visitors.


  • Design Build Contract
  • Programming procedures included numerous questionnaires and interviews with City Staff used as the basis for design of the renovated and expanded Civic Center Complex by providing an accurate assessment of square footage needs, department growth and adjacencies, and parking requirements.
  • Renovations increased office and support space to provide adequate working space for current and projected staff.
  • Parking requirements will enable employee and visitor parking needs to be located on the Civic Center Complex site, thus eliminating street parking.
  • Complete relocation project management services.

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