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Orion Center

The Orion Center, (Project No. 3572), will centralize the city’s maintenance and operations functions into a single location on Orion Way, on a site between the Safety Center and Fleet Maintenance building. Co-location results in increased efficiency of operations, reduced environmental impacts to the community and improved cross-training and collaboration. The project also creates an opportunity to repurpose three different city properties: the Public Works General Services Division located at 405 Oak Street; Carlsbad Municipal Water District, located at 5950 El Camino Real and the Parks Maintenance yard located at 1166 Carlsbad Village Drive. 

The project is expected to be completed in summer 2021. The total estimated project cost is $47.8 million.


Conceptual Design, Front View


Conceptual Design, Side View

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View elevation renderings

Read the staff report

Watch the City Council Presentation

Questions and Answers

What will the building be like?

The Orion Center will be a modern and eco-friendly building, including:

  • Flexible workspace and warehouse space
  • Room for a materials storage yard onsite 
  • A parking garage
  • Secure property and crime evidence storage for the Police Department
  • Solar power
  • Electric vehicle charging stations

Who will work there?

Staff from the following divisions will work at the Orion Center:

  • Utilities/Carlsbad Municipal Water District (Public Works Department)
  • General Services (Public Works Department)
  • Construction Management & Inspection (Public Works Department)
  • Parks Maintenance (Parks & Recreation Department)

Police Department staff will access the facility on a regular basis but not have offices on site.

What’s next?

Staff plans to return to the City Council in spring 2019 for authorization to seek a contractor to design and build the project. 


Steven Stewart, Municipal Projects Manager, steven.stewart@carlsbadca.gov, 760-602-7543