Completed in July 2011, this $7.1-million library remodel and expansion included adding a community space, technology and teen services, a kitchen, a café and a bookstore as well as giving an overall face-lift to the aging 1970 building.
The project designer also expanded the local history area and added new restrooms and a technology center. New and improved finish materials were included, seismically sound shelving was built and energy-efficient lighting was installed.
A dozen low-UV windows expand daylighting. Trux siding with upgraded plaster and landscaping freshen the building's look. A photovoltaic system—panels were placed on the parking lot support structure—can generate approximately 84,300 kW hours annually, potentially saving the city as much as $15,000 each year.
In addition, a stormwater retention tank was constructed for use in irrigation. As a result of these and other green elements, the building has achieved LEED certification.
The construction team worked in the library while the facility remained open, requiring the work to be phased to avoid as much disruption as possible. A radio-frequency identification system was provided for the nearly 250,000 books in stock, each tagged with a tracking chip.
Despite the challenges, no lost-time accidents occurred during the project, which was also delivered $162,000 under budget.
City of Fullerton Public Library
Owner: Griffin Holdings, Laguna Beach
Contractor: Swinerton Builders, Irvine
Lead Design: LPA Inc., Irvine
Fire Protection: Daart Engineering Co., San Bernardino
Plumbing: Continental Plumbing, Mira Loma
HVAC: Cool Air Supply, Glendale
Electrical: Professional Electric, Anaheim
Demolition: US Demolition, Anaheim
Earthwork: LD Anderson, Bloomington
Caissons: Malcolm Drilling Co., Irwindale
Site Utilities: Boudreau Pipeline Corp., Corona
Site Concrete: K.A.R. Construction, Ontario
Landscaping & Irrigation: Diversified Landscape, Mission Viejo
Structural/Misc Steel: Plas-Tal Mfg. Co., Santa Fe Springs
Rough Carpentry: Golden State Framers, Placentia
Millwork: SMI Architectural Millwork, Santa Ana
Roofing: Applied Roof Engineering, Corona
Glass & Glazing: E&R Glass, Montclair
Submitted by Swinerton Builders