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Imperial Beach Library Wins Another Award!

Nov 14, 2017 05:39PM ● By Paul Spear
The Awards Keep Coming in as the Imperial Beach Library Won Another Award as it Received an Award for the Bests Kids "Reading Space" from the San Diego Magazine in the San Diego Magazine's "Best of San Diego 2017" Awards!

Head Imperial Beach Librarian, June Engel, announced the Library had received the award while being honored at an Imperial Beach Women's Club Luncheon today. 

San Diego Magazine awarded the Imperial Beach Branch Library, a part of the San Diego County Library System, with another award on top of the Orchid Award it has already received for its award winning architecture from the San Diego Architectural Foundation and the Small Project Award of Merit from ENR California, with it's Best of San Diego 2017 Awards for the Best Kids  "Reading Area". June Engel, Branch Librarian, announced the Library had won the awards at an Imperial Beach Women's Club Luncheon today.

San Diego Magazine readers vote on the Awards and in their magazine had this to say of the award:

"Reading Space

Imperial Beach Library

The revamped library in IB feels every bit coastal, with a water-themed design that includes wave-shaped structures to give it a beachy vibe. The new space is three times the size of the original with plenty of kid-friendly add-ons, like a woody station wagon for kids to read in, surfboard tables, cozy nooks, and more.
810 Imperial Beach Boulevard, Imperial Beach"

ENRCalifornia Award          

ENR California's 2017 Best Projects

Small Project Award of Merit: Imperial Beach Library


A large, central, wave-shaped roof runs the length of the 14,830-sq-ft Imperial Beach Library. Photo by Stephen Whalen

Imperial Beach Library
Imperial Beach, Calif.
Award of Merit

Owner: County of San Diego
General Contractor: TB Penick & Sons Inc.
Lead Design Firm: JKA Design
Civil Engineer: Latitude 33 Planning & Engineering
Structural Engineer: Orie2 Engineering Inc.
MEP Engineer: McParlane & Associates Inc.

With a relaxed, coastal design, this $8.5-million library is the new civic center in Imperial Beach. The 14,830-sq-ft building is clad in a combination of stucco and bright, wood-colored porcelain tile, reminiscent of beach cottages. The massing of the spaces is broken up to resemble these cottages, adding interest and definition.

A large, central, wave-shaped roof runs the length of the building, creating an expansive amount of glazing along northern and southern faces, while clerestory windows provide daylighting. The interior of the roof structure is exposed acoustical structural decking, creating an open voluminous space. Since the design included a variety of curved beams with complex connections, the project team used communications technology and 3D software to coordinate the structural steel required. The solar-paneled roof provides 100% energy offset for the building usage, making it zero net energy.



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Paul Spear, Publisher, and Editor of Dig Imperial Beach 

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