Project Title:

City of Calabasas Senior Center


300 Civic Center Way


City Council Meeting – October 24, 2012

City Council approved the establishment of a Senior Task Force and appointed Mayor Maurer and Councilmember Shapiro as members, along with six additional members.

City Council Meeting – November 14, 2012

Senior Task Force members were introduced to the council and public.  As a matter of new business, Director Rubin presented potential sites for a senior center.  Following extensive discussion, direction was provided to the Senior Task Force.  No action was taken.

City Council Meeting – November 28, 2012

City Council approved moving forward with preliminary design and cost estimate of a senior center on the Civic Center property.

Construction Start Date: July 20, 2015


Jeff Rubin,
Parking Lot Closure: Effective July 13, 2015 the back parking lot (south of the Civic Center) will be closed and fenced due to construction commencing for the senior center. The entire area will be closed to traffic and pedestrians and the rear elevator will be shut down and unavailable. The drive-up book drop will be removed during construction; however, there is a book drop located at the Library front door. Also, the parking on Civic Center Way will be re-striped and limited to two hour parking. Additional unrestricted parking will be available on the south side of Calabasas Road between Parkway Calabasas and Civic Center Way. We anticipate the construction time period to be through July 2016. 

Live Construction Cam


On Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 10:00 a.m., the City of Calabasas broke ground for the new 9,500 square foot, Gold LEED certified Senior Center to be built behind Calabasas City Hall and Library.

The groundbreaking ceremony was free, and the public was encouraged to attend.  The Senior Center is expected to open in July, 2016.

Location - Behind the Calabasas Civic Center at
100 Civic Center Way.


The City’s new 9,500 square foot, Gold LEED certified Senior Center is on track  to open Summer, 2016.  The Multi-use recreational facility is designed to offer classes, activities and resources to support, enhance and encourage an active healthy lifestyle for active Calabasas seniors. After awarding the contract to Pankow Builders in 2014, a task force comprised of senior community members, City Councilmembers and staff designed a facility to meet the following goals:

  • Match the Civic Center in style, proportion, details and materials.

  • Seamlessly integrate into the campus;

  • Provide spaces to gather, connect, learn and socialize;

  • Serve as a social center for the broader senior community.

  • Offer well designed areas meeting the physical challenges of seniors;

  • House specialized  classroom and features not available at other City facilities;

  • Support an active mental and physical lifestyle.

Construction is slated to start the 3rd week of July, 2015. With the anticipated timeline for construction of 9 to 12 months, we expect the construction time period to last through July, 2016.

June 2013
The City of Calabasas hosted two community design workshops to get ideas for a Senior Center to be located behind the Civic Center and be home to the Savvy Senior Program. Seniors were encouraged to come out and tell what they would like to see incorporated into this facility.

The Savvy Senior program is an ongoing series of classes, excursions, special events, lectures and luncheons for seniors 50+.

If you would like to obtain additional information on this exciting senior center project or the workshops, please visit or call 818-224-1600.

April 2013
In the summer of 2011, a group of seniors approached the PRE Commission requesting additional programming for the active seniors of Calabasas. They had initial discussions with staff and although they appreciated that there were several senior classes and activities offered by the City, they wanted to formalize their position in the City and therefore formed Savvy Seniors, hoping to build their small group into a major force that would one day include a Senior Center of their own.

Staff met with a small group of seniors and discussed ways to enhance senior programming in the City. Sixteen new programs were added for Fall 2011 and as of Fall 2012, there were 74 programs being offered with 1936 Savvy Seniors participating. Classes were being held at several different venues and programming has become challenging. Senior centers, because of their mission to promote healthy, independent lifestyles among the elderly, serve as ideal outlets for baby boomers. Not only do they help maintain or improve health and well-being, but they also offer a place for boomers to serve other seniors who might benefit from shared experiences. Centers are offering a variety of services and programs that are of interest to younger, more active seniors, and they also help fulfill baby boomers need to continue their contributions to society through volunteerism, teaching and facilitating important, health-promoting social services.

Staff and Task Force members looked at several facilities as a potential home for a senior center in Calabasas and at the City Council meeting November 28, 2012, Council approved moving forward with preliminary design of a senior center on the Civic Center property.

Senior Center RFP Is Now Closed

Calabasas Senior Center Design/Build Project Interview Questions

Senior Center Firm Interview Schedule



Wednesday, November 13th   (RFP Packets Distributed to all Members of the Selection Committee)
Thursday, November 21st   (Selection Committee Review and Discussion)
Tuesday, November 26th   (Scoring of Firms / Develop Interview Questions)
Monday, December 2nd   (Top Three Firms Selected for Interviews to be Notified)
Monday, December 16th 8:00am-2:00pm   (Firm Interviews)
Thursday, December 19th   (Final Scoring and Selection of Top Firm)

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