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LIBRARIES & COMMUNITY CENTERS

West Berkeley Library

Contract: $874,000 / General Contractor: West Bay Builders

The new 9,300 square foot, 7.5 million dollar structure at 1125 University Avenue (cross street San Pablo Avenue) is the first net-zero library in California, which has the largest community meeting room in the branch system. It can hold up to 100 people and it can be configured for video conferences and computer coding, as well as for meetings. There are numerous electrical outlets near the tables to accommodate laptops (which are also available for use) and a long counter that faces out onto the small garden holding a newly planted cork oak tree.

Redwood Shores Library

Contract: $1.6M / General Contractor: Sausal Corporation

The Redwood Shores Library is a new 22,558 square foot single story high-tech library, light-filled building designed to take advantage of its waterside setting; community meeting rooms and gathering spaces; a family place and storytelling area for young children and their caregivers; a café with outdoor seating; the overall look-and-feel of a neighborhood bookstore; and an interactive interpretive center relating to the bay.

Los Gatos Library

Contract: $2.6M / General Contractor: Bogard Construction

This 12 million dollar, 2-story 32,000 square foot ecofriendly building included electrical, fire alarm, security and communication design, and construction support for the new library. The electrical design incorporates high efficiency transformers with energy efficient lighting and daylight controls. The building has been designed to meet the criteria of LEED Gold and has been registered and submitted to USGBC (United States Green Building Council) for the Gold Level certification.

Bascom Library & Community Center

Contract: $2.8M / General Contractor: John Plane Construction

This 21 million dollar, 2-story 40,000 square foot project included electrical, fire alarm, security and communication design, and construction support for the community center and library. The electrical design incorporates high efficiency transformers with energy efficient lighting and daylight controls. The building has been designed to meet the criteria of LEED Silver and has been registered and submitted to USGBC (United States Green Building Council) for the Silver Level certification. The project design is 21 percent better than California Title 24 and both the owner and the design are eligible for energy rebate incentives.

George Silliman Community Center

Contract: $2.5M / General Contractor: Pacific Builders

This 55,000 square foot facility was designed and constructed in two phases. Phase 1 included a full community gymnasium and activity center, with an impressive glass atrium-style lobby, which separates the gymnasium and community activity spaces for aerobics, dance, exercise equipment, locker rooms, and conference areas from the specially designed child care and teen activity wing.  

 

Phase 2 includes a large natatorium with a state-of-the-art indirect illumination system providing glare free lighting of the three, full-size indoor swimming pools. Also, included in the second phase of this expansive facility are additional locker facilities dedicated to the swim center and power co-generation equipment to efficiently utilize the pool heating equipment and produce electric power for the facility.  A comprehensive, facility wide programmable control system gives the administrative staff complete lighting control flexibility and status indication from one location, with networked system communications provisions connecting the entire facility. Other integrated building systems extended throughout both phases of the building include public address, security, and central clock. Automated gymnasium bleachers and equipment are also provided.

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