Public Facilities Group Receives Excellence in Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council

Washington, DC – The City of Salinas, Public Facilities Group, and the development team, led by Griffin Swinerton, won a silver category award for their work on The Salinas Police Services Headquarters Facility and El Gabilan Library Project, a project in the  Public-Private Partnerships category of the International Economic Development Council’s 2020 Excellence in Economic Development Awards Program. The honor was presented last week at an awards ceremony during the IEDC Annual Conference.

“The City of Salinas showed great leadership and our development team has done amazing work in delivering this project on-time and under budget.  From the very beginning of this partnership, all of us embraced the City’s master plan and worked to support and further the City’s commitment to the community.”  John Finke, President of Public Facilities Group.

IEDC’s Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize the world’s best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials, and the year’s most influential leaders. 35 award categories honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban, and rural communities. Awards are judged by a diverse panel of economic and community developers from around the world, following a nomination process held earlier this year. IEDC received over 500 submissions from 4 countries.

“The winners of IEDC’s Excellence in Economic Development awards represent the very best of economic development and exemplify the ingenuity, integrity, and leadership that our profession strives for each and every day,” said 2020 IEDC Board Chair and One Columbus CEO Kenny McDonald. “We’re honored to recognize the more than 100 communities whose marketing campaigns, projects and partnerships have measurably improved regional quality of life.”

The City of Salinas, California has delivered a new $56 million Police Services Headquarters Building and a new $21 million city library using an innovative P3 model best defined as the 63-20 Progressive Design-Build approach (63-20 PDB).  The police station project is considered the necessary first step in delivering their Alisal Street Corridor Master Plan.

The new Police Headquarters consists of a two-story, 44,352 square foot building and a second, 24,878 square foot building and is designed to house all first responder functions.  The new El Gabilan Branch Library is a 21,076 square foot building that is designed with a community focus.  Both projects have advanced the City’s Alisal Street Corridor Master Plan and several ancillary components, that were not part of the original project scope, were completed as part of the project to help the City meet its objectives.

The new police facility and new city library were financed by the not-for-profit partner, Public Facilities Group (PFG).  Griffin Swinerton, a joint venture between Griffin Development and Swinerton Construction, acted as the Developer and Builder.  Designs for the police station were delivered by LPA, Inc. Designs for the library were completed by Anderson Brule Architects.

About the International Economic Development Council

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