Santa Maria Public Library in Santa Maria, Calif.

Santa Maria Public Library



Thornton Tomasetti provided structural design for the new two-story, 61,000-square-foot Santa Maria Public Library. The largest civic project in the city’s 100-year history, this award-winning facility includes dedicated children, teen and adult areas; a computer center; art exhibit space, a café and gift shop; and a community meeting room.

The building’s structural system is a steel moment frame clad in metal studs and stucco. Its structure utilizes a concrete slab-on-grade foundation and has a metal panel exterior and steel joist roof deck and structure and a roof of standing seam metal with clay roofing tile accents. The roof incorporates a long gabled clerestory to bring natural light to the center of the building. A two-level post-tensioned concrete parking garage was included in the project.

The project’s sustainable design was recognized by Pacific Gas & Electric’s “Savings By Design” program.

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