For the Port of Long Beach, home is where the waterfront is.
That’s precisely where the nation’s second-busiest container port is about to open the doors to its permanent headquarters.
On July 29 from 6-8 p.m., the Port will welcome industry and the community to its new residence at 415 W. Ocean Blvd. The formal event will be part of a joint celebration with City and Port leaders marking the grand opening of the new Long Beach Civic Center. In addition to the modern 11-story structure housing the Long Beach Harbor Department, a new Long Beach City Hall will open at the same time. The complex will also include the new main branch of the Long Beach Public Library and a revitalized Lincoln Park, scheduled to open Sept. 21.
Port of Long Beach
415 W. Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90802
P.O. Box address remains
P.O. Box 570
Long Beach, CA 90801
Phone numbers and emails remain the same.
Port staff will move into the building from July 12-29. During that period, if you need to come to the Port offices, please call to confirm which location you need to visit.
The Permits Desk will close at the Interim Administrative Offices on Thursday, July 18 and re-open at the new building on Tuesday, July 23.
“Downtown Long Beach is the center of our international city and world-class port,” said Board of Harbor Commissioners President Tracy Egoscue. “The new Civic Center embodies Long Beach as a global leader, economic engine and environmental steward. Returning to the waterfront fulfills a promise the Board made five years ago, making us neighbors once again with our valued tenants and industry partners.”
By the time the festivities take place, City and Port staff will have completed the move to the new center. Port staff will relocate to the new headquarters in phases over three weekends in July with technical support for a smooth transition.
“Providing excellent customer service is always our top priority,” said Executive Director Mario Cordero. “Accordingly, we’ve designed the move to our new offices to be as seamless as possible for our staff, our customers and our partners.”
Out of the Old
Seismic vulnerabilities, outdated mechanical and electrical systems and lack of workspace drove the Port’s staff out of its former headquarters on Harbor Plaza in the Port. The old building had opened in 1960. Planning for a new HQ dates back to 2001 after Port officials determined renovating the existing structure would be more costly than building a new one.
After initially looking to build across the street, Port officials opted for a temporary move to the department’s interim base near Long Beach Airport in 2014 while ironing out the details of where to relocate permanently. The following year, the City Council and Harbor Commissioners committed to the new Civic Center complex in downtown Long Beach and construction began in 2016.
Designed and built by Plenary Edgemoor Civic Partners, the new Civic Center cost $520 million with a hard deadline of June 30 for occupancy readiness. The Port contributed $235 million to pay for its building, the land beneath it and shared Council/Board chambers.
“The project is being completed within budget and on schedule,” Cordero said.
Sale of the Interim Administrative Offices is expected to yield at least $50 million, which will help offset the cost of the new building. The Port purchased the interim site for $14.25 million and invested an additional $15 million on needed improvements.
Into the New
Located at the northeast corner of Ocean Boulevard and Magnolia Avenue, the Port’s new headquarters is a sleek glass tower with 240,000 square feet of floor space in the downtown’s commercial, municipal, retail and transit hub. Security inherent to every facet of Port operations includes uniformed Harbor Patrol officers staffing the front desk and controlled turnstiles at the lobby-level entrance.
Two large training rooms, including a learning development center, occupy the second floor. In addition to four state-of-the-art elevators, central staircases connect floors four through 11 to advance the collaborative work environment supporting all Port operations and initiatives. Each of these floors also has workspace for field staff, contractors and consultants, as well as smaller meeting rooms. Executive offices occupy the 11th floor. The third floor is open space for future use.
Port headquarters and City Hall will share the high-tech Bob Foster Civic Chambers, located in an elliptical pavilion between the two towers. The chamber seats up to 250 visitors, and features include two large video screens and a closed-session meeting room. The Board of Harbor Commissioners is scheduled to hold its first meeting in the new chambers Aug. 12.
Visitors will find parking in numerous public facilities in the downtown area. Port administration office hours (weekdays 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) and phone numbers, with (562) 283-7000 as the main number, remain the same. The Port’s new mailing address: 415 W. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802.
Both the Port building and City Hall were built to meet or exceed gold level certification of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. Sustainable energy conservation features include a solar array that produces more than 25% of the electricity needed to power the building, an ultra-efficient underfloor heating and cooling system, and maximum use of natural sunlight to illuminate work stations and conference rooms.
“Leadership begins at home,” Cordero said. “Our new buildings symbolize the commitment of our City and Port to clean operations that make the highest and best use of our resources.”