New San Diego Central Library Finally Under Construction!!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

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On June 28, 2010, the San Diego City Council voted 6 to 2 to proceed with construction of the New Central Library which will improve the entire 35-branch system and benefit San Diegans for generations to come.  The nine-story downtown centerpiece has been delayed for several years because of the city's fiscal challenges.  SDPL director Deborah Barrow said, "To our knowledge, San Diego is one of the last of the larger cities to build a new Central Library."  The 497,652 square foot facility should take 36 months to construct.

The architects Rob Wellington Quigley and Tucker Sadler & Associates put forth a boldly creative concept that has not been without controversy.  Employing a visionary design in lieu of one that was lower cost and utilitarian speaks to the architectural importance of the building for the community.  The porous dome that hovers atop the structure draws the attention of children and adults alike.  Terracotta wall and acoustical panels, and baguette sun shades are prominent features at the Commission Room and Auditorium.

The new library will be the largest LEED Silver building in California.  Turner, the construction manager at risk, chose low bidder ProCLAD to furnish and install the terracotta on the façade.  ProCLAD is the preferred building envelope contractor for a several Turner offices around the country, and on this project they presented a plan that included significant diversity participation from a Woman-Owned Business Enterprise, Minority-Owned Business Enterprise and Disabled-Veteran Business Enterprise. A Webcam of the New Central Site can be seen online.