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West Branch of the Berkeley Public Library
Project Type:
Library
Project Location:
1125 University Avenue
Berkeley, California 94702
USA
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Awards and Acknowledgements:
AIA Committee on the Environment:
2016 Top Ten
International Living Future Institute:
2015 Net Zero Energy Building
Project Summary:
As part of a bond program to renew its four public branch libraries, the City of Berkeley sought to update its undersized West Branch Library and to enhance its role as a community hub for its culturally diverse neighborhood.

The first design challenge was to build consensus on whether to expand and upgrade or replace the existing library building. After extensive assessments and a series of architect-led community workshops, the city embraced the creation of a new library, with a strong civic presence to draw in the neighborhood’s diverse populations.

Library amenities including book drop-off, bike parking, and places to meet or relax are composed within a large frame that reinforces the street front and creates a sheltering alcove leading to the front entrance. The façade’s large expanse of glass attracts passers-by to visit the reading room and the resources beyond.

Inside, the main space includes stacks, computer stations, seating areas, a children’s area and circulation desk. A multipurpose room, teen room, meeting areas, and staff and service areas round out the program.

An integrated and collaborative design process resulted in a building rigorously tuned to the geography and climate as well as to its public mission.

(Source: AIA COTE 2016)
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Design and Construction Team:
HED | Harley Ellis Devereaux
Architect, Mechanical and Electrical Engineer, Sustainability Consultant
Tipping Structural Engineers
Structural Engineer
Kitchell
Construction Manager
Timmons Group
Mechanical/Electrical Engineer
Miniscule Lighting Design
Lighting Designer
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