Santa Barbara Unified School District - Santa Barbara, CA
Adams Elementary School New Library
Centrally located within the campus, the new Library will be a key feature of the Adams campus. To buffer traffic noise from Las Positas and noise generated from the playground, the building has been sited to take advantage of the natural sound barrier of the sloping hillside to the east and the sound buffering potential of existing portable classrooms to the north, west and permanent classrooms to the south. A new covered walkway extends an existing covered walkway that is the primary point of circulation through the campus. The Library provides capacity for 15,000 volumes, classroom seating for 36 students, a semi-circular Storytelling area for 36 children and an outdoor Reading Patio is directly accessed from the Reading Room. The exterior architecture respects the existing school’s Santa Barbara-styled vocabulary, incorporating flat red roof tiles, painted cement plaster walls and red Roman brick wainscoting. Unique to the school, a hipped roof configuration has been used in lieu of the gabled roofs to signify the common-use purpose of the Library. Interior spaces have warm wood ceilings, soft fabric display walls, wooden book shelving, and waxed colored concrete floors. The Reading Room and Classroom have been provided with infrastructure for a variety of audio/visual needs. All building materials have been selected on the basis of their durability, sustainability and compatibility to the existing campus architecture. The lumber used is FSC Certified. The structural system, metal studs and floors are constructed out of recycled steel and concrete with recycled fly ash.