Santa Barbara Unified School District-Santa Barbara, CA
After numerous Master Site Plan studies, it became apparent that the ideal location for the Library would be where the temporary Library was located. It was decided to relocate the temporary Library elsewhere on campus and then build the new Library. The location was at the center of activity, with permanent classrooms to the north and portable classrooms to the south. The new facility encloses 6,000 square feet and has been designed with a distinctive low profile, so as not to obstruct ocean views from the classrooms above. The Reading Room accommodates 15,000 volumes, seats 36 students and has an accessory area with 8 computer stations. Full audio/visual capability is integrated in both the Reading Room and the Classroom. A Storytelling area arranged in a semi-circle is located off the northeast corner of the Reading Room. All building materials were selected on the basis of very low maintenance, energy efficiency and sustainability. Floors, walls and roof systems have been constructed out of recycled steel and polished natural concrete; eliminating any possibility of mold, fungus or dry rot.