Pico Branch Library in Santa Monica, Calif.



Thornton Tomasetti provided structural design services for a one-story, 8,690-square-foot library and an adjoining community room within Santa Monica’s Virginia Avenue Park. Funded by Santa Monica’s Redevelopment Agency, Pico Branch Library is the city’s first library with an automated book return system.

The wood-framed structure features a folded roof design identical to the roof structures found at the Park Center and other onsite structures. Clear glazing at all elevations allow for natural daylight and views through the length of the building and out to the park. 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.

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. Solar panels contribute to keeping energy consumption low.

Community workshops were conducted during the early programming phases to gather input on the design of the branch and the integration of the park and library programs.

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