J. Paul Leonard and Sutro Library at San Francisco State University Wins DBIA Award

The J. Paul Leonard Library and Sutro* Library at San Francisco State University received an Honor Award in the Rehabilitation / Renovation / Restoration category from the Design Build Institute of America (DBIA) in their annual national Design-Build Award Competition. Balfour Beatty Construction teamed with HMC Architects on the renovation and expansion of the 362,500 SF design-build project. The awards ceremony will take place on November 8 at the 2012 Design-Build Conference & Expo in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The national design-build awards are presented to the highest-rated projects in each category and are the most prestigious project awards presented by DBIA. Earlier this year, the project received Project of the Year from DBIA-Western Pacific Region – the highest award in this region’s annual competition which honors the top projects in California, Nevada, Hawaii and Arizona.

The new $103.8 million library renovation and expansion project at San Francisco State University addressed the need to accommodate a growing student population and restored structural inadequacies while concurrently updating the building’s electrical and telecommunication systems. Originally constructed in three phases (1953, 1959 and 1971), this two-phase design-build project included the construction of a 60,000-SF “West Addition” that houses book stacks and the installation of an automated library book retrieval system at ground level; the construction of a 20,000 SF “North Addition;” the renovation of the 282,500 SF existing library and seismic reinforcement of the existing library for a total project size of 362,500 SF.

In total, the project adds 34% more space, 50% more seating, 50% more group study areas, 50% more collection capacity, both in open stacks and a high-density automated retrieval system, and 100% more computers; all while providing a flexible and congenial learning environment in the heart of campus.

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