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PICO BRANCH PROJECT

 Pico Branch Library 12/11 Architectural Rendering

GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION
JUNE 28, 2014 - 11am to 4pm

 A new branch library is coming to the Pico neighborhood. The Santa Monica City Council has designated funds to construct a single-story library in Virginia Avenue Park. The Pico Branch Library fulfills a neighborhood need and is the result of community imput from a survey and a series of public meetings held between fall 2008 and spring 2011.

Designed by Koning Eizenberg Architecture, the new library will face Pico Boulevard and will be located between the south side of the Thelma Terry building and the north end of the Farmers Market zone. The library is sited to preserve park open space and the Farmers Market Area and will not need additional parking.

The 8,690 square-foot library has a two-building design. The main, 7,872 square foot facility will consist of children's, teen, adult and popular collections; a children's area; reading areas; public computers and study rooms; and customer support services. To the west, across a fire lane, a separate annex, an 818 square-foot community room will be used for story times and other programs. A small, exterior amphitheater with terraced steps on the annex's south face will enhance the building's relationship to the Park and Teen centers.

The Pico Branch project incorporates many sustainable features. The primary library building will have abundant natural daylighting and a strong visual connection to the park. A dynamic, folded roof design incorporates skylights for indirect lighting. Roof overhangs and a fabric canopy along the entrance façade will provide shade. Landscape improvements include new trees, raised planters, and outdoor seating walls. The Pico Branch Library will seek a LEED platinum rating from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Construction of the library building and the community room (The Annex) is currently underway. Click for a frequently updated Construction Gallery. Groundbreaking on the project was held on Wednesday, August 15, 2012. Click for a Groundbreaking Gallery. Opening of the library is expected in early 2014.

To stay up to date on planning and project-related events, please join the interest list by emailing pico.library@smgov.net.

Planned Location


View Pico Branch LIbrary (planned) in a larger map

   Virginia Avenue Park, 2200 Virginia Avenue, will be home to the new Pico Branch


Project Timeline

 

COMMUNITY INPUT
Focus group, Community Workshop, presentation to City boards and commissions on Pico area library service and siting: September 2008-March 2009.
REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY FUNDED PROJECT

City Council Action. Redevelopment Agency funds designated for Pico Branch Library: June 10, 2009.

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL PROCESS

RFP for Architectural Design Services for Pico Branch Library for a 7,500 SF branch at Virginia Avenue Park: October 2009.

DESIGN TEAM SELECTION Design teams interviewed: November 17, 2009.
Koning Eizenberg Architecture selected as project architects.
CITY COUNCIL ACTION Koning Eizenberg contract approved: January 26, 2010. Approved recommended design direction & directed staff to move forward with schematic design: Feb. 22, 2011.
PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT & PROGRAMMING Through spring 2011
DESIGN, DOCUMENTATION AND APPROVALS 2011-2012
CONSTRUCTION START Summer 2012
BRANCH LIBRARY "SOFT" OPENING April 24, 2014
GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION   June 28, 2014 - 11am to 4pm

 

To stay up to date on planning and project-related events, please join the interest list by emailing pico.library@smgov.net.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Community Workshops

April 5, 2011
Schematic Design
Presentation (PDF format)

December 4, 2010
Library-Park Programs
Presentation (PDF format)

November 6, 2010
Branch Design Concepts
Presentation (PDF format)

October 9, 2010
Siting & Building Program
Presentation (PDF format)

September 11, 2010
Branch Visioning
Presentation (PDF format)

 

 

Staff Reports

Click here for Staff Reports

Project FAQ

Click here for the Project FAQ

Project Team

Architect:
Koning Eizenberg Architecture

Landscape Architects:
Spurlock Poirier

Signage:
Newsom Design

Contractor:
R.C. Construction Services

Construction Management:
Swinerton

LEED Consultant:
Brightworks

 

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