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.
Location: Santa Maria, California
Owner: City of Santa Maria
Architect: bfgc – IBI Group
Area: 61,000 sf
Completion Date: 2008