This 10,000 square foot San Diego County Branch Library is located on a primary commercial street and backs onto the municipal golf course. The Library is one component of a master planned small Community Campus that also includes a 4,000 square foot Local History Museum, Public Safety Center, Veteran’s Memorial and a Community Courtyard.
Sustainability was inherent to the design of the building. In addition to the solar day-lighting referenced above, passive methodologies of an insulated envelope, high performance glazing, and ample shading on the southern exposure were incorporated into the design. High efficiency, CFC Free, mechanical systems and the passive systems have the building operating at 28.6% below the codified energy allowances. These resulted in cash credits to the Client from the utility provider.
The building contains a 1,200 square foot Community Room, Adult Occupational Training Center and a Friend’s of the Library Bookstore and incorporates a “marketplace” concept. All of these spaces were designed into a storefront portion of the Library. While they are integral components of the Library, they can also function and operate autonomously. There is also an outdoor Children’s patio, passive reading areas and well as a generous covered patio between the Library and the Community Room.
- Bonita, CA | San Diego County
- County of San Diego