The City of Long Beach, in collaboration with Plenary-Edgemoor Civic Partners, hosted a “start of steel” celebration Sept. 19 for the new main library with about 150 attendees gathered at the construction site, according to officials.
“Fifty highly skilled craftsmen and women are working on this site to bring the new main library to life. Soon that number will double,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “We are proud of this new main library project for its assets that will enhance learning experience for children but also for the jobs that it creates for our community.”
The new library, expected to be completed in June 2019, will be a state-of-the-art, 92,500-square-foot facility and will feature many amenities, including community spaces, collaborative workrooms, an expanded Studio makerspace, an enhanced children’s library, separate library areas for teens and adults and plenty of technology, according to city officials. It will be located on the northern end of the revitalized Lincoln Park and will feature glassy façades for the infusion of natural light.
“I am most excited about the new main library, the gem of the civic center project,” said 2nd District Councilmember Jeannine Pearce. “It will be a center of knowledge and technology, not only for the downtown community, but the entire city.”
The current main library, located nearby at 101 Pacific Ave., was built in 1976. On an average day, more than 1,150 people walk through its doors, officials said.
“I’ve been a part of this process since the City of Long Beach issued the request for qualifications in 2013 with the concept to build a new civic center as a public-private partnership,” said Glenda Williams, director of Library Services. “That concept is now a reality as evidenced by the incredible work happening on the site. I am extremely happy with the progress that has been made and look forward to our new 21st century main library that will provide the technology, resources and services for our community.”
The new library is part of the new Long Beach Civic Center, a $520-million project intended to bring a revitalized civic core to downtown to serve residents and businesses, attract visitors and provide safe and efficient city operations, according to officials. The building will include many sustainable features that will contribute to its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold rating, including a large solar area across the roof that will generate all the library’s power as well as some of the new City Hall and new Port building consumption.
The Long Beach City Council approved Plenary-Edgemoor Civic Partners to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the new civic center for the next 40 years. The project includes a new City Hall, port headquarters, main library and revitalized Lincoln Park.
Source: City of LB