Chet Holifield Federal Building
United States General Services Administration (GSA)
The project site, located at 24000 Avila Road (APNs 634-031-04 and 634-361-01), was transferred to the federal government for use by federal agencies in March of 1974. The Chet Holifield Federal Building (CHFB) was originally built in 1970 by the Aerospace and Systems Group of North American Rockwell Corporation. The site is generally bounded by Pacific Park Drive to the north, Heather Ridge Road to the east, Avila Road to the south, and Alicia Parkway to the west.
GSA is preparing to sell the Chet Holifield Federal Building and its associated real estate in Laguna Niguel. The Public Buildings Reform Board, an independent agency created by the Federal Assets Sale & Transfer Act of 2016, identified this property as an opportunity for the federal government to significantly reduce its real estate inventory and thereby reduce costs.
The Chet Holifield Federal Building, also known as the "Ziggurat," is a a seven-story, 1,053,233 square-foot (gross) office building situated on 89 acres in the heart of Laguna Niguel. The property includes 4,777 parking spaces, services support and security buildings, recreational and landscaped area, and non-contiguous utility parcels including a water reservoir building, cooling tower, and thermal energy storage tank. It is also the site of a large 3,840-cell photovoltaic system that produces 914 kilowatts of electricity annually to support building operations.
GSA Project Websites
- March 16, 2021: GSA held a virtual public meeting on the Federal Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) to collect public comments.
- October 20, 2021: GSA's "Reimagining the Ziggurat" Kick-Off Meeting - This kick-off included an introduction to the project, a review of the project video and existing documents, welcoming of stakeholders, and review of the schedule. Participants were asked for input in order for the design team to begin to assess stakeholder concerns and ideas for the property.
- October 26, 2021: GSA's "Reimagining the Ziggurat" Meeting #1 - The design team reported back to the participating stakeholders the findings from the kick-off meeting, outlining the possibilities of future programming of the project. Further input from the stakeholders was elicited, and the design team held interactive brainstorming exercises to begin to visualize the possibilities of potential alternatives.
- November 4, 2021: GSA's "Reimagining the Ziggurat" Meeting #2 - The design team presented the first round of six design alternatives for the property. Further input from stakeholders was elicited based on the designs, and the design team collected this input to be incorporated in the next design stage.
- November 16, 2021: GSA's "Reimagining the Ziggurat" Meeting #3 - The design team presented the revised and further developed design alternatives for the property, based on input gathered in Workshop #2. The design team collected input to be incorporated in the final design stage.
- December 2, 2021: GSA's "Reimagining the Ziggurat" Meeting #4 - The design team presented the final five design alternatives for the property based on input from the stakeholders in Workshop #3. The design team presented each alternative in detail and collected and documented the input.
Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS)
The GSA prepared a FEIS, which examines the:
- Purpose and need for the removal and relocation of existing tenants,
- Alternatives considered,
- Existing environment that could be affected,
- Potential impacts resulting from each of the alternatives and
- Proposes best management practices and/or mitigation measures.
The FEIS is available for viewing here.
City Staff Contact
Erica Roess, Senior Planner