The COC consists of two, four-story buildings that feature big
windows, solar panels and energy-efficient air conditioning. The
buildings are managed using sustainable practices that reduce
environmental effects and also reduce daily operations costs.
Approximately 1,100 employees from nine County departments have
relocated to the new buildings since they were completed in fall
We have now approved the next phase of development
that will add two 150,000 square-foot office buildings, a
20,000-square-foot conference center and a cafeteria to the 38-acre
The project is being paid for by cash and has
already created about 350 local construction jobs.
completed, the new campus will include nearly a million square feet of
modern, efficient office space.
drought tolerant plants and an irrigation system that has provided a
50 percent reduction in irrigation water usage. Other building systems
allow for internal water consumption to be reduced by 40 percent. In
addition, the project recycled 90 percent of its construction
I appreciate the great cooperation the County
Department of General Services has had with Lowe Enterprise Real
Estate Group, RJC Architects, Roel Construction, Howard S. Wright
Construction and Arciero Brothers Construction.
World Water Day Festival
One of the most beautiful and important natural resources in San
Diego County is the Agua Hedionda Lagoon in Carlsbad. Last month I was
part of the Lagoon Discovery Center's festival celebration of World
This year's theme, "Water for Cities:
Responding to the Urban Challenge," was especially meaningful
since I hosted a Water Conference at the County Administration Center
in January. That was a time when experts gathered for the day to move
forward ideas on addressing a critical shortage of water in our
It was my pleasure to recommend and receive the
entire Board's support for a grant of $100,000 from the County
Neighborhood Reinvestment Fund that was used to improve the Discovery
Center, a place that gives children and parents a better understanding
on global water issues and provides knowledge for conserving and
The Lagoon and Discovery Center is
located on the eastern end of the Agua Hedionda Lagoon estuary and
wetland area in Carlsbad.
I appreciate the outstanding
work of Lagoon Director Lisa Rodman and her team and David Lloyd,
President of the Board.
The day was made even more
memorable when I had an up-close and personal encounter with one of
the Discovery Center's more colorful creatures; a Bearded Dragon
Iguana by the name of Lincoln.