Posts Tagged ‘J Paul Leonard Library’
January 5th, 2013
San Francisco State University’s J Paul Leonard and Sutro Library was featured in and snagged the cover of the California State Library Foundation Bulletin. The article provides an interesting historical perspective on the Sutro Library and its new location. Read the full article, “The Sutro Library Now Open in a Sparkling New Location” by Gary F. Kurutz >>
November 19th, 2012
On November 8, HMC Architects and Balfour Beatty were presented with an Honor Award from the Design Build Institute of America (DBIA) for J. Paul Leonard Library and Sutro Library at San Francisco State University. The national design-build awards are presented to the highest-rated projects in each category and are the most prestigious project awards presented by DBIA. The Leonard Library was honored in the Rehabilitation/Renovation/Restoration category.
The Leonard Library is a tribute to the teamwork of all the stakeholders who had the vision to go beyond and push the edges of design-build methodology. It’s a standout example of what design-build can achieve when confronted with a complicated program and diverse client goals. The new $103.8 million library renovation and expansion project addressed the need to accommodate a growing student population and restored structural inadequacies while concurrently updating the building’s electrical and telecommunication systems.
Originally constructed in three phases (1953, 1959 and 1971), this two-phase design-build project included the construction of the “West Addition” that houses book stacks and the installation of an automated library book retrieval system at ground level; the construction of the “North Addition;” the renovation and seismic reinforcement of the existing library. In total, the project adds 34% more space, 50% more seating, 50% more group study areas, 50% more collection capacity, both in open stacks and a high-density automated retrieval system, and 100% more computers; all while providing a flexible and congenial learning environment in the heart of campus.
“The library provides an excellent example of collaboration between the design-build team and owner on a very complex project,” said Simon Y. Lam, Associate Vice President of Capital Planning, Design and Construction at San Francisco State University. “Throughout the project the design-build team took a collaborative approach and exercised creativity and speed in resolving issues, resulting in a building of significant architectural merit. The library has been transformed into a light-filled and open structure that welcomes students and, in turn, has transformed and enlivened the surrounding campus. San Francisco State University is very proud of the new facility and we are grateful to the HMC / Balfour Beatty design-build team for its success.”
In addition, earlier this year, the project received Project of the Year from DBIA-Western Pacific Region – the highest award in this region’s annual competition that honors the top projects in California, Nevada, Hawaii, and Arizona.
August 17th, 2012
San Francisco State University’s J. Paul Leonard and Sutro Library was featured in the July/August 2012 edition of School Construction News. The J. Paul Leonard and Sutro Library has received both the Western Region and National Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) awards, and was named “Project of the Year.” Read the full article, “Renovated Library Mixes the Modern with the Past” in School Construction News.
June 19th, 2012
HMC Architects and Balfour Beatty Construction received the 2012 Project of the Year award from the Design-Build Institute of America – Western Pacific Region for the J. Paul Leonard and Sutro Library at San Francisco State University. Together our design-build team delivered a high quality facility with cost savings for the University and reduced project delivery time.
“This building is a tribute to the teamwork of all the stakeholders who had the vision to go beyond and push the edges of design-build methodology,” commented the DBIA – Western Pacific Region awards jury. “It’s a standout example of what design-build can achieve when confronted with a complicated program and diverse client goals.”
The Library was originally constructed in three phases (1953, 1959 and 1971) but was in need of a renovation and expansion to accommodate a growing student population, address serious inadequacies in the condition of its exterior envelope, and update the building’s electrical and telecommunications systems to meet the needs for support of modern electrical information and multi-media systems.
April 12th, 2012
The newly renovated J. Paul Leonard Library and Sutro Library has officially opened its doors to eager students at San Francisco State University. Bright, open spaces invite students into a learning environment designed for the 21st century.
The existing J. Paul Leonard Library was constructed in three phases (1953, 1959 and 1971) and contained approximately 287,000 gross square feet of building area on seven floors, including the basement. Since the last expansion more than thirty years ago, the enrollment at SFSU has increased, leaving the existing facility to provide for only 68 percent of the library space required by the growing student population. Furthermore, the building suffered serious inadequacies in the condition of its exterior envelope, where there were numerous leaks that were detrimental to library materials, building occupants, and the building’s HVAC systems. The building’s electrical and telecommunications systems were substandard and inadequate to meet the needs for support of modern electronic information and multimedia systems.
The ground level of the new addition offers spaces for collaboration and social activities.