Project name: Portola Valley Town Center
Project owner: Town of Portola Valley
Location: Portola Valley CA
Goring & Straja Architects
Siegel & Strain Architects
Full project profile:
The Portola Valley Town Center replaced three town structures—a library, community hall, and town hall—that sat on top of the San Andreas fault. The new project, set on a surplus public school site, replaced these buildings and turned the old site into a park and play fields. The library contains reading rooms, a children's area, staff offices, and a room devoted to town heritage. The town hall houses the administrative offices; building, planning, and engineering departments; and the town's emergency operations center. The community hall provides a large divisible multi-purpose room, two activity rooms, storage, and a catering kitchen.
The public was very involved in the design process, and a task force established six goals that were used as a metric by the town council, citizenry, and the design team to evaluate design proposals.
- Take advantage of the beautiful site while preserving open space
- Create civic and recreational spaces that are inviting to all ages
- Meet the civic, emergency and maintenance needs of the town
- Create friendly and service-oriented places that facilitate casual meetings
- Exemplify the town's rural design ideals that compliment the landscape
- Be an extension of the town's low key residences and become a "living room" for the town