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Imperial Beach Library & Bikeway Village Nominated for "Orchid's" in San Diego Architectural Foundation’s 2017 Orchids & Onions Awards

Sep 01, 2017 08:02PM ● By Paul Spear

Imperial Beach Library & Bikeway Village Nominated for "Orchid's" in San Diego Architectural Foundation’s 2017 Orchids & Onions Awards!

Imperial Beach Is Honored with Two Nominations for "Orchid's" as the Imperial Beach Library & Bikeway Village Get Nominated for San Diego Architectural Foundation’s 2017 Orchid Awards!

Although there is a big difference in being nominated and winning an award. Imperial Beach is making big strides in getting noticed by the real estate world as two of the big projects that just completed in Imperial Beach in 2017 have been nominated for the very prestigious awards by the San Diego Architectural Foundation and their annual awards they do, . A project that is honored for its beauty is known as a "Orchid Award" while a project that scores poorly is know as an "Onion".

Orchids & Onions is an educational and fundraising program of the San Diego Architectural Foundation, a 501(c)3, nonprofit organization dedicated to education and the promotion of outstanding architecture, planning and urban design throughout the San Diego region.
Orchids & Onions will be having their ceremony to announce the winners on Thursday October 26th at a reception and ceremony at the US Grant. For tickets and information you can visit: 



Imperial Beach Library

The Imperial Beach Library is the Civic Center of Imperial Beach, located across the street from City Hall in historically significant Veteran’s Park. The 14,830 SF facility is a state of the art, Zero Net Energy learning center that provides resources to a diverse group of people while serving as a welcoming community gathering place.

The meandering board formed concrete “boardwalk” at the entrance to the building creates a connection between the existing park and 8thstreet. The building itself is clad in a combination of stucco and eye-catching, brightly colored porcelain wood-look tile, reminiscent of beach cottages. The massing of the spaces is broken up to resemble these cottages, adding interest and definition to the unique attributes of each. A large central wave shaped roof runs the length of the building creating an expansive amount of glazing along north and southern faces and clerestory windows along the east side for daylighting. The interior of this roof structure is exposed acoustical decking, creating an open voluminous space for the main artery of the building.

The relaxed, coastal vibe carries from the entrance through the interior with materials such as the decorative sealed concrete with cast silvery shell aggregate that transitions to a sandy ceramic tile through to a durable carpet tile that ranges from the beach sand through greens and teals to eventually dark blue in the children’s sea themed area.

High impact resistant gypsum board with accents of decorative and colorful wood-look tile carry the cottage theme indoors. Clerestory windows allow for soft, filtered light to enter the main spaces and the ocean discovery theme continues through the rooms.

Roof mounted photovoltaics provide 100% energy offset for the building usage, making it ZNE. The building has also been certified at the LEED Gold level by the USGBC and GBCI.


  • Orchid Nominee

  • Project Address:

    810 Imperial Beach Blvd., Imperial Beach, CA 91932

    Project Owner/Developer:

    County of San Diego

    Owner Contact Name/Email:

    Mark Zabonik |

    Project Architect/Designer:

    JKA | domusstudio architecture | delawie

  • Share your nomination:

Link and credit for IB Library's nomination write-up for Architecture



Bikeway Village

From windowless warehouses to WOW! Kudos to this developer and his design team for transforming this pair of so-what concrete boxes into a new South Bay destination. Dubbed Bikeway Village, the re-imagining included a giant bay-front terrace and deck, roll-up garage doors and large storefronts, awnings and east and west facing roofed porches. And the whole place is surrounded  and softened with new coastal landscaping! Interesting shops are beginning to move in and cyclists seem pleased to have a new rest stop along the Bayshore Bikeway. Rumors abound regarding a possible brewery taking some space here…one can only hope. The only thing that could improve what’s been done so far might be a cold adult beverage.

  • Orchid Nominee

  • Project Address:

    536 13th Street, Imperial Beach, CA 91932

    Project Owner/Developer:

    Rex Butler, Bikeway Village

    Owner Contact Name/Email:

    Rex Butler,

    Project Architect/Designer:

    Studio E Architects & LandLab Landscape Architecture

Link and credit for Bikeway Village's nomination write-up for Architecture:

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