The Fridley Civic Complex includes a new city hall with administrative office and associated areas, police station, fire station, and a new public works facility, with parking to accommodate staff and public. The civic complex will be a central feature in a larger project currently called the Columbia Arena Redevelopment. The project also includes a central water feature, with plans for future private development.
In 2014, after sitting vacant for nearly a decade, the City acquired the Columbia Arena site adjacent to the existing public works facility. Working closely with citizen input to determine the best re-use of the site, the City received feedback in favor of creating a strong civic presence.
The public engagement process had been ongoing long before BKV Group was brought into the project, with a previously approved building program and a site master plan developed through a series of public design charrettes. Acting in a very transparent and data-driven way, BKV Group documented the actual space needs for each department now and in the future and compared them to the spaces of similar communities in the immediate area to give the public reassurance that the space requests were appropriate and in line with local standards.