The College requested a creative building solution; a signature building image that would identify the library and the growing college campus as high tech center for learning. The Client wanted a building that could change its image from hopeless to hopeful. Our belief is that architecture can be catalyst for change; it can inspire and motivate. The 45,000 s.f. library is in the center of the campus and will serve as the campus learning and social center. In a larger context the library was designed to be a point of destination for a historically under served region of Southern California. It was envisioned that the library would, one, serve as impetus for positive growth and two, develop a special research collection of documents that can only be viewed at this facility, thus making the Campus a point of destination. The Clients wanted a facility that could support their vision.
The design of the Library departed from the norm of looking inward in a library. Instead, it is transparent, open and day-lit. The solution for the Library is a direct response to the college's request for a program flexible column free universal space for both the reading room/stacks area and the second floor computer learning center. The unobstructed spans of the reading room, stacks area and the atrium were achieved by developing a three foot deep curved tube truss, with the top and bottom chords of the truss utilizing an 8 inch diameter extra strong curved steel tube. The two-dimensional truss vault of the reading room and atrium were designed to transfer lateral loading to a conventional moment resisting frame.
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