Los Medanos College Library, Science and Math Buildings in Pittsburg, Calif. Courtesy Swanson Images.

Los Medanos College Library, Science and Math Buildings



Thornton Tomasetti provided structural design for a 24,000-square-foot library, 70,000 square feet of classroom space, and a rooftop observatory. To minimize costs, the structural system is comprised of a composite steel and concrete floor system and concentrically braced frames supported by conventional spread-footing foundations. To meet the more stringent design criteria of the Division of the State Architect, a site-specific dynamic analysis was performed to simulate an upper and lower bound earthquake to help ensure safe performance during a seismic event.

The library houses collections, a resource center and community room. The science building provides two lecture halls, numerous classrooms, faculty offices, and eight science labs. The math building includes a large math lab, an entire floor of classrooms, and faculty offices.

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