Contra Costa County and Martinez officials broke ground Tuesday, May 22 for the construction of the $60 million energy efficient Contra Costa County Administration Building at Escobar and Pine streets in Martinez. The county has attempted to replace the antiquated 11-story constructed in 1965 for the past 25 years but due mainly to national financial crisis those plans were scrapped. The new administration building is expected to be completed in May 2020. The county is also building a new $40 ‘million emergency operations center near its existing EOC in Martinez. Photo by Daniel Borsuk.