[caption id="attachment_95340" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Offices and workspace in the new Marin County Emergency Operations Facility at Marin Commons in San Rafael.[/caption]
SAN RAFAEL -- A $78.4 million project to transform a former insurance company offices into new quarters for county of Marin emergency services departments was completed under budget, but it could have cost a lot more.
The alternative to buying and renovating the 315,000-square-foot, three-story office building at 1600 Los Gamos Dr. was to construct an 85,000-square-foot, $100 million near Lagoon Park at Marin County Civic Center, according to Matthew Hymel, county administrator. Redevelopment consultant, property manager and general contractor Sares Regis Group of Northern California convinced county officials to renovate instead.
"There is a lot to celebrate,” Mr. Hymel said in a statement. “We had a longstanding goal to have an emergency operations center that could withstand a major earthquake. We bought the building when it was really a good time to buy. The project came in on time and on budget, so overall we’re very pleased.”
[caption id="attachment_95341" align="alignright" width="300"] A stairway in the new Marin County Emergency Operations Facility at Marin Commons in San Rafael.[/caption]
Renovations and final tenant improvements are completed for the new Marin County Emergency Operations Facility, and county staff began moving into the building last month. The Sheriff's Office will occupy 118,000 square feet on all the first floor and half the second and third floors. About a dozen information technology employees will also work there.
Another 45,000 square feet will house other county employees who work in leased offices in the area.
The rest of the building will be leased to tenants.