Measure O - Civic Center Improvements

(Updated: December 13, 2019)


  • Campbell Civic Center, Campbell, CA 95008
  • 70 North First Street, Campbell, CA 95008
  • 77 Harrison Avenue, Campbell, CA 95008


Since 2013, City staff, consultants, and a Project Core Team have identified desired facilities and program scenarios in the Civic Center Complex and conducted building structural assessments.  The program and space needs for the Police Department and Campbell Library were identified as the highest priorities for the City through the Civic Center Master Plan efforts.  A $50,000,000 general obligation bond measure (Measure O) was placed on the November 6, 2018 general elections ballot to fund a new police emergency operations center and improve the library.  Measure O was approved by the voters by 69.5%.


The City Council received a project update on the Measure O - Civic Center Improvements at the November 19, 2019 Council Meeting.  The Council voted on keeping the library program at the current Campbell Library location at 77 Harrison Avenue.  The City Council also approved the formation of an ad hoc RFP Subcommittee to assist the City staff refine the Request for Proposal (RFP) for police and library building design services.  With inputs from the RFP Subcommittee, staff will revise the RFP and seek Council approval for its issuance at the January 21, 2020 meeting.  The revised RFP will be more specific to the needs of Measure O projects with design criteria for both the library and police buildings and refinements to the project approach.  

To expedite and assist with the design process, staff will conduct topographic survey of the Civic Center Complex and facilitate hazardous materials testing of the Campbell Library to further assess existing conditions during the RFP period to hire qualified design consultants for the Measure O projects. 

Please contact the Project Manager, WooJae Kim, at with any questions. 

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Measure O – Civic Center Improvements:

  • Police Department and Campbell Library programs and space needs were identified as high priorities for the City.  The project(s) to address these needs is(are) referred to as the Civic Center Improvements.
  • On July 17, 2018, the City Council authorized a $50M general obligation bond measure (Measure O) to be placed on the November 6, 2018 general elections ballot to fund the Civic Center Improvements (Council Resolutions No. 12344 & No. 12345, City Ordinance No. 2235).
  • Primary goals of the Measure O program are to build a new police operations building with 9-1-1 dispatch and Emergency Operations Center (EOC) that would withstand natural disasters, and a safe, energy-efficient library that would meet earthquake and fire building codes.
  • Campbell voters approved the Measure O by 69.5%.
  • A lead project manager position for the Civic Center Improvements was approved for the FY 2019-2020 Operating Budget and on-boarded on August 14, 2019.
  • City Council received a project update at the November 19, 2019 Council Meeting.

The general scope of the Measure O - Civic Center Improvements were identified as priorities through the following Civic Center Master Plan efforts:

  • Reviewing the existing Civic Center East Master Plan, Library Needs Study, Heritage Orchard Study and Campbell Historical Museum Strategic Plan;  
  • Performing a community needs assessment that includes an evaluation of both current and projected needs for Library and City Hall space; 
  • Developing a vision for the Civic Center complex; 
  • Adopting guiding principles for the development;
  • Performing an analysis of relocating the existing Historical Museum or constructing an annex within or adjacent to a new library building that could provide additional exhibit space and display space for agriculture artifacts;  
  • Assessing the parking implications of larger buildings and evaluating the feasibility of providing additional parking – including a parking structure – for the Civic Center complex; 
  • Addressing needs for replacing the City’s EOC as part of a new library or other component of the Civic Center complex;  
  • Holding at least one Community Meeting and make presentations and solicit input from Library and Museum stakeholders, including the Civic Improvement Commission and Historic Preservation Board; 
  • Providing two or more Civic Center complex conceptual layouts with accompanying development strategies; 
  • Formulating a recommendation with an associated development (phasing) plan and an associated financing plan which would identify the costs of each development phase; and 
  •  Identifying revenue options for funding the construction associated with this Master Plan.