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Santa Maria Public Library

Santa Maria Public Library

Santa Maria Public Library in Santa Maria, California.

Thornton Tomasetti

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Santa Maria Public Library
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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.

Project Stats

Location: Santa Maria, California

Owner: City of Santa Maria

Architect: bfgc – IBI Group

Area: 61,000 sf

Completion Date: 2008

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