Phase Two of the Community Civic Campus Moves Forward in South San Francisco

South San Francisco, CA   December 16, 2020 Press Release



On November 9, 2020, City Council awarded the construction contract to Swinerton Builders to build the new South San Francisco Library, Parks & Recreation, and Community Theater/Council Chambers, which is located at the corner of El Camino Real and Chestnut Avenue.
The contractor is starting work on this new 83,000 square foot facility the week of December 21, 2020. As part of this work, they will secure it with construction fencing, and start clearing the site by removing existing vegetation, including tree removal along El Camino Real.
Construction will begin in early January 2021. Work will occur Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please note, as construction begins, parking along Antoinette Lane will be impacted. Additional traffic is expected along El Camino Real and Chestnut Avenue from trucks entering and exiting the site. Major impacts to the public right-of-way will be noticed accordingly. Please visit for the latest project-related impacts as a result of major developments across the City.
Project Description
The new Library and Parks & Recreation building is on 6.5-acres surrounded by El Camino Real, Chestnut Avenue, and Antoinette Lane. The building is three-levels and includes entrances from both Antoinette Lane and El Camino Real. Approximately 1.3-acres are set aside for a park and the completion of Centennial Trail. This new facility includes approximately 220 parking spaces.
The new facility (renderings below) includes playground areas for children of different ages. The current design uses “nature” as an inspiration for the playground layout and aesthetic. The overall park design features a large synthetic turf exercise and playing field, allowing for all types of unprogrammed play and fitness classes. The large plaza areas are directly connected to the building, reinforcing the indoor-outdoor connection. A special garden area will allow for quiet socializing among wildflowers and native grasses that attract pollinators and butterflies.
The expected completion date is Spring, 2023.
Swinerton Builders
Kent Trimble
(415) 852-8907
Construction Manager
Kitchell CEM
Farshid Samsami
(415) 290-1251
City of South San Francisco Construction Hotline
(650) 829-4600
Please note a recent update to our website has included a glitch that does not allow comments to be made visual to the public – we are working to get this fix and appreciate your patience. Thank you.
*Awesome,. Good job SSF, it makes me even more proud to live here – Daniel
*sure hope they have a samtrans bus
stop in front of the library on the el
camino side, as the present stops are
2/10 of a mile away, in both directions – Mel Perry
*what are the future plans for the orange
avenue library? – Mel Perry

This ‘project’ was one of the reasons that the present council is on its way out.
It is over budget, underfunded, unaffordable,ugly and the community did NOT vote for it.

Other cities form architectural committees to include the community’s input from the beginning. It did not happen in this town for this project. The 5 who unanimously voted for the 1/2c sales tax to fund a capital project, paid the price by losing their seats, one by one.

Let’s wait and see what the fate of it is with a new city council. – Your Neighbor

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