Santa Maria Library

Santa Maria, CA

Project Type:  Design-Build
Owner:  City of Santa Maria
Value:  $19 million
Completion:  2008
  • Educational Facility
  • New Construction
  • 59,850 Total Square Feet
  • Zero Reportable Injuries/Lost Workdays
  • Sustainable Design Features Included
  • Excellence in Construction Award, 2008
  • DPW Letter of Commendation, 2008
  • “Excellent” Owner Evaluation

The Santa Maria Library project involved the construction of a new 59,850 SF multi-story facility within the City’s central office campus. The placement of the new library next to City Hall forms a central plaza for activities and events which features two fountains and nostalgic lighting standards identical to those outside the adjoining City Hall and existing library buildings. The new library includes an administration area, 123 computers, multipurpose room which seats 300, a new Literacy Center, Adult Education Center, Career Center, study group rooms, community meeting rooms, and a café which overlooks the plaza. The “Friends of the Library” have their own shop inside the building and the Donor Tree is prominently displayed in the lobby.

Particular effort has been placed on community features such as the children’s section which creates a family destination. Dubbed the Enchanted Forest, the children’s library features interesting shapes in the ceiling, a large artificial “tree of knowledge” just inside the entrance, and bumble bee and butterfly motif is incorporated in the mosaic carpeting and furniture. The space also includes a Young Adult-teen zone, Homework center for more collaboration with local schools, and a Children’s theater that opens into a secured courtyard.

Construction elements of the library include a steel-framed structure with a concrete slab on grade foundation, a plaster exterior, and concrete over steel joist and metal roof deck panels with clay roofing tile accents. Other project features include state-of-the-art communication/computer systems, two elevators, a package air conditioning/ heat pump system, landscaping, irrigation systems, ADA access, fire alarms and fire sprinklers throughout.