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Capital Projects

The Capital Project Division of the Department of Public Works provides project management services for a variety of public facilities, as well as support to other departments managing capital improvement projects.

Projects Include:

Twin Lakes Beachfront Improvement Project
East Cliff Drive, 5th Avenue to 7th Avenue

This project includes re-alignment and reconstruction of East Cliff Drive from the harbor entrance at 5th Avenue to the intersection of East Cliff Drive and 7th Avenue.  Coastal access improvements include construction of bicycle lanes, pedestrian, circulation, parking, seating, public art, and enhanced stormwater infiltration.  A $4.7 Million construction contract has been awarded to Graniterock.
Santa Cruz County is the recipient of grants from the California Coastal Conservancy, State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways and the Monterey Bay Air Resources Agency which make this coastal access improvement & beach erosion protection project possible.

The project is under construction with completion anticipated in July 2017.  Construction updates can be found at

Visual Simulation of the Twin Lakes Beachfront Project


Rountree Rehabilitation and Re-Entry Project
90 & 100 Rountree Lane, Watsonville

Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office was awarded $24,635,000 for the Rountree Rehabilitation and Re-Entry Facility by the Board of State and Community Corrections under Senate Bill 1022.  Highlights of the renovation and expansion of existing county jail facility on the 8 acre site in Watsonville include:
• Approximately 16,000 square feet of new housing, visiting, administration, intake/release, and facility support space.

• New housing to provide 64 beds with semi-private bunks and large dayroom

• Renovation of approximately 14,500 square feet to provide educational/vocational program areas, an interview/counseling room, group rooms, indoor recreation and support space

• New visiting areas include visitation rooms, video visitation stations

• New perimeter security fencing will allow inmates access to exercise areas and vegetable gardens

This project is being built using the design-build method of project delivery.  Gilbane Building Company with Arrington/Watkins Architects has been awarded the design-build contract.  Construction is underway with completion anticipated in early 2018.

Visual Simulation of New Wing


Santa Cruz County Behavioral Health Office Building – Watsonville, for the Health Services Agency
1430 Freedom Boulevard, Watsonville

A new Behavioral Health Office Building will replace older existing facilities at this location and, at approximately 13,000 square feet, will triple the number of counselling spaces with separate areas for adults and juveniles.  These services are currently housed on the same campus in an old courthouse building which is not well suited to the needs of clients or staff.  The Health Services Agency has received a $2.5 million grant from the Central California Alliance for Health for design and construction.  Project completion is planned for late 2017.

Measure S Library Projects

On June 7, 2016, voters approved Measure S for Libraries. With approval of this measure, the Santa Cruz Public Libraries Facilities Financing Authority is authorized to issue up to $62 million in bonds to improve community libraries in Santa Cruz County. 

Five projects and $26 million in funding have been identified for the branches in the unincorporated areas of Santa Cruz County.  Design and construction of these projects will be managed by the County of Santa Cruz in collaboration with Santa Cruz Public Libraries and the community.  
Aptos Branch Library
7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos
A major renovation and possible expansion to address accessibility, upgrade building systems and enhance the user experience are planned.
Boulder Creek Library
13390 W. Park Avenue, Boulder Creek
Accessibility, circulation desk, lighting, power and data upgrades, and other interior and amphitheater improvements.
Felton Branch Library
Gushee Street Felton
Planning and design work is underway for a new 21st Century library in Felton.  Currently library services are housed in 1250 square foot Belardi Memorial Building, a church built in 1893.   A new approximately 9,300 square foot library will include a children’ area, teen area, reading room, meeting/program space, with energy efficient construction to be built on a 2-acre County owned parcel on Gushee Street adjacent to the Felton Post Office. 

La Selva Beach Branch
316 Estrella Avenue, La Selva Beach
Accessibility, mechanical, power and data systems, circulation desk, and other interior and patio improvements.

Live Oak Branch & Annex
2380 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz
Updates to the circulation and reference desks, plus other enhancements to the existing branch.  In addition a new library annex to serve families and youth in the Live Oak area is being planned is planned, at a location to be determined.. 

Juvenile Hall Projects

The Probation Department has been awarded nearly $11 million in combined state funding for two projects at the Juvenile Hall facility in Felton by the Board of State and Community Corrections under the two Senate Bill 81 Local Youthful Offender Rehabilitative Facility Construction Financing Programs.  A new 6,850 sq. ft. juvenile multi-purpose recreation building will provide indoor large muscle exercise recreation and programming space at Juvenile Hall. 

The Seed-to-Table Project will provide new juvenile educational and vocational rehabilitative programming opportunities with the development of outdoor garden and greenhouse horticulture space tied to a state of the art culinary program in renovated kitchen and dining facilities. 

This project also includes major building renovation and upgrades to the aged Juvenile Hall facility built in 1968, such as structural, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, accessibility, security, and fire and life safety system improvements.  Capital Project Division staff is providing support to Probation staff managing these projects.

Capital Projects Division

701 Ocean Street, Room 410
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone: (831) 454-2160

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Betsey Lynberg
Director of Capital Projects