Pico Branch Library
The 8,690-square-foot Pico Branch Library features an adjoining community room and Santa Monica's first library with an automated book return system.
Project PartnersKoning Eizenberg Architecture, Swinerton Builders & R.C. Construction Services
OwnerCity of Santa Monica
LocationSanta Monica, California
SustainabilityLEED Platinum Certification
Number of Stories1
Funded by Santa Monica’s Redevelopment Agency, Pico Branch Library is a one-story, 8,690-square-foot building featuring an adjoining community room and the city's first library with an automated book return system.
We provided structural design services to Koning Eizenberg Architecture for the library, which opened in 2014.
- The wood-framed structure features a folded roof design identical to the roof structures found at the Park Center and other onsite structures. Revit Structure was used to model the wood-framed library, allowing the design team to perform clash detection and ensure the integrity of the structure.
- Clear glazing at all elevations allow for natural daylight and views through the length of the building and out to the Virginia Avenue Park.
- Energy efficiency and sustainability were project priorities to achieve the library’s LEED Platinum certification.
- A large cantilevered roof overhang at the building’s east side provides shading over the exterior glazed walls, creating a comfortable interior climate.
- Tensile fabric canopies and a cantilevered trellis offer additional shading and solar panels contribute to keeping energy consumption low.