Miller Hull

Santa Monica City Yards

Santa Monica, CA
Client City of Santa Monica
Certifications Pursuing Zero Energy Certification and Water Neutrality
Size 14.7 acres
Completion 2024


The redevelopment of the Santa Monica City Yards is a critical upgrade to the heart of operations for essential City of Santa Monica services. Since the 1940s, City Yards has served as the home for public works employees and a launch pad for infrastructure maintenance crews and operations. The goal of the phased master plan is to replace outdated facilities and address various deficiencies that have built up over the last 80 years as a result of being sited on a former landfill.

Inspired by the structure of a zipper, the design concept aims to connect the new City Yards with the existing arts district neighborhood in a way that is economical, functional, educational and symbolic of the city’s commitment to environmentally responsible development. The design provides a stitching of solid and transparent spaces along the main public street, where passersby get a glimpse into the innerworkings of vital city services and City Yards staff become a part of the active, urban street life.

The refreshed character of the 14.7-acre site and its facilities uses utilitarian elements and durable materials to reflect the nature of the work done by City Yards while elevating the industrial complex as a sustainable, community amenity. The new Santa Monica City Yards is pursuing Zero Energy Certification and Water Neutrality.

Led by design-build partners Hathaway Dinwiddie and Miller Hull, the phased master plan for the revitalization project is divided into Package A, B and C. Construction for Package A began in July 2019 and completion is targeted for 2022.

For more information about this project, visit the City of Santa Monica website.

Project Team

Architect: The Miller Hull Partnership, LLP
Contractor: Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Company