Civic + Defense
Civic + Defense
Among the most public of the firm’s practice areas, Delawie’s Civic + Defense Studio has played an important role in shaping the design landscape of our local community. The design of buildings intended for public service, whether in support of civic or military purposes, requires the ability to manage not only a wide range of programmatic requirements, but also a unique and often opposing array of social and cultural responsibilities. Effectively integrating these requirements while balancing the needs of multiple constituencies—private citizens, community groups, regulatory agencies, and government bodies—has been a key ingredient in the success of Delawie’s Civic & Defense Studio. Led by firm principals Mike Asaro, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, and Paul Schroeder, AIA, the Civic & Defense Studio’s thirty-five plus years of creating highly functional, fiscally responsible, environmentally sustainable, and aesthetically compelling buildings has repeatedly earned the studio local and national design recognition. Project types include transit centers, police headquarters, fire stations, libraries, community centers, child care centers, and recreational facilities.
Delawie’s defense commissions include projects on a number of the most significant Naval and Marine installations in Southern California, including Naval Base Point Loma, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Training Center, Twentynine Palms, Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, and Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. For these and other military installations Delawie has designed training facilities, operations facilities, personnel housing, and base community service facilities. The firm’s expertise in effectively managing the often complex programmatic, technical, and administrative requirements of military work, without sacrificing a commitment to functionality and design aesthetics, has resulted in a Military portfolio honored nineteen times for design excellence. Unparalleled design sensitivity and project management expertise remain the hallmarks of Delawie’s Civic & Defense Studio.