Corte Madera Town Hall Project

Over the last three years, the Town of Corte Madera’s staff, design team and active citizenry have engaged in an extensive, robust and inclusive public process to conceptualize a new Town Hall facility that will provide the necessary office space for staff and will be a Corte Madera gathering place and a source of pride for the next 50 to 100 years. This process has included public meetings, workshops, informal conversations, formal public hearings, a tour of our facility and tours of the city halls of our neighboring jurisdictions. We have partnered with professionals as well as our local citizens in the fields of sustainability, historical preservation, environmental protection, energy and carbon neutrality, design and disaster preparedness; all with the goal of creating a civic space that will serve the needs of generations to come. Alten Construction Inc. has been awarded the contract to build the new Town Hall.

A full history of the Town’s public process, including links to videos, staff reports, public notices and other information leading up to the final design phase can be accessed on the Planning Department webpage


Construction Overview

Construction will start with abatement and demolition of the existing Town Hall in early June. The existing retaining wall and footing along Willow Avenue and Tamalpais Drive will be retained. The demolition includes removal, recycling, and disposal of both levels of the building including roofing, framing, windows, interior, exterior finishes and associated hazardous materials.

The project consists of an approximately 11,800 square foot, two-story new structure that contains a public permit center, council chambers, administrative offices, conference rooms and meeting rooms for the use of the town and staff, new elevator, new mechanical, plumbing, electrical, and IT facilities. The exterior will be a combination of stucco and wood siding, windows, and storefront glazing. 

The work also includes excavation and grading for the concrete foundations and surrounding site improvements, including the modification of the slopes of the driveway, parking area and ADA facilities. Redwood trees will be protected while a raised plaza area is constructed around them. The plaza will be constructed over a steel-framed podium with a pedestal paver system for the plaza itself. New landscaping with bio-retention facilities is included in the project along with exterior lighting and a roof-mounted solar panel system with battery storage and backup.


Questions and Comments

If you have any questions about tasks completed, the current status, or upcoming events of the Town Hall Project or if you need help accessing the documents and images on the Project webpage please contact:

Phil Boyle, Senior Planner at 415-927-5067 or pboyle@tcmmail.org

Jake Horwath, Project Manager at 415-927-5120 or jhorwath@tcmmail.org


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Important Dates 

April 5, 2022 Town Council Meeting

  • Summary of bid results
  • Project was awarded to Alten Construction for $10.8M
  • Authorization was given for contracts with Mack5 & Kappe for construction related support

January 18, 2022 Town Council Meeting

 June 15, 2021 Town Council Meeting


Corte Madera Town Hall: Design & Bid Process

On June 15, 2021, Council directed staff to complete the design and prepare the final plans and contract documents.

 On January 18, 2022 Council authorized the Director of Public Works to advertise the Corte Madera

Town Hall Project consisting of a completely new, fully ADA compliant Town Hall, two-story and approximately 11,000 sq. ft. building including a new public permitting center, a new council chamber/community room with seating capacity for approximately 95 people, new offices/workspaces, and an outdoor plaza built around the existing redwood trees. The facility will contain offices for the departments of Building and Planning, Public Works Engineering, Code Enforcement, Administration and Finance, all in one building accessible from both Tamalpais Drive and the reconfigured parking lot.

A central circulation corridor including an elevator, stairway, lobby and restrooms will be accessible from the public plaza as well as the lower level. The overall structure will embrace green and sustainable elements and will achieve Zero Net Energy (ZNE) and Zero Net Carbon (ZNC).  

On April 5th, 2022, Town Council authorized the Director of Public Works to award the construction contract to the lowest responsible bidder, Alten Construction, Inc., from Richmond, CA, for the base bid of $10,485,000 and the additive bid of $335,000, for a total amount of $10,820,000. An additional 10% contingency for the Corte Madera Town Hall Project - No. 17-020 was also authorized, and contracts with Kappe Architects for Architectural and Engineering Services in construction and Mack 5 for construction management for not to exceed amounts of $95,000 and $475,000, respectively, were rewarded. Bid summary can be found below:

Town Hall Project Bid List


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