A rendering of the Crown Valley Park Community Building | Courtesy LPA Inc.

Dirt Moves on $25M Park Building

Carrie Rossenfeld Government & Public Policy

C.W. Driver Companies has broken ground on the Crown Valley Park Community Building, a 30,000-square-foot, three-story building in Laguna Niguel, California. The $25 million project marks the final phase of a three-tier improvement plan for Crown Valley Community Park at 29751 Crown Valley Parkway, with full completion anticipated for Spring 2020.

The new facility will include offices, a multi-purpose room for up to 300 people, a kitchen, classrooms, and other spaces designated for art, technology, dance, and fitness. Also planned is a rooftop patio overlooking the adjacent community pool.

“The Crown Valley Park Community Building will serve many different age groups — from children to adults to seniors — through a myriad of common spaces, state-of-the-art classrooms, and fitness facilities,” says David Amundson, project executive at C.W. Driver Companies. “We are proud to bring our expertise in constructing civic facilities to the City of Laguna Niguel to enhance the wellness and lifestyle of this community for generations to come.”

C.W. Driver says integrated design firm LPA Inc. worked alongside it to create a facility for the City of Laguna Niguel that is cost-effective, reflects a timeless design, and improves operational efficiencies and says the city aims to deliver a best-in-class recreational facility where residents can gather and experience a wide range of community events and activities.

As part of this project, C.W. Driver is planning exterior improvements to the existing YMCA building to complement the design of the new community building. Other enhancements include updating the community pool deck and its facility amenities, the outdoor festival area, and other pedestrian-oriented features, in addition to realigning the main drive aisle and the parking area. The community building site is currently occupied by staff modular trailers and an existing community building, all of which will be demolished and replaced.

The first tier of the Crown Valley Community Park improvement plan was completed in 2015 and included two new playgrounds, a splash pad, an expanded amphitheater and a new bathroom building. The second tier consisted of habitat restoration, the construction of a wetland, two small parking lots, a new entry bridge, an electronic marquee entry sign, and an arch entry sign.

Crown Valley Community Park serves as the center of Laguna Niguel Parks and Recreation activities. It is home to the Crown Valley Pool and the city’s aquatics offerings. The park attracts more than 240,000 people annually.

C.W. Driver Companies’ other civic projects in Orange County include Laguna Niguel City Hall, the City of Newport Beach Civic Center and Park Project, and the City of Westminster’s Community Cultural Center.