San Diego City College Library/Learning Resource Center

Client: San Diego Community College District
Services Provided: Programming, Design, Construction Documents, Construction Administration
Project Location: San Diego, CA
Project Size: 67,000 sf
Completion Date: September 2002
Sustainability: Sustainable Design Features Included
Program: Library – 200 Internet-connected Computers, Complete Reference, Circulation Collection; Independent Learning Center – 132 computers including Adaptive Technology Stations; Multimedia Center – Primary Collection of Multimedia Technology for Instructional Support. (Center delivers, sets up and services sixty classrooms for faculty and administration and includes General Instrumental Digital Satellite receiver and video collection); CitySITE –  Support for Integration of Technology in Education 15 Computers (allow faculty and staff to learn new and existing computer technologies)

The San Diego City College Library/Learning Resource Center (LRC) reflects the College’s commitment to the building’s role as the “heart” of the campus. The new 67,000 square foot, 3-story facility, perched on a hillside, commands dramatic 180 degree views of downtown San Diego and the harbor beyond. Key design considerations included organizing the library functions to allow minimal staff to operate and control it; bringing natural light into all three levels of the LRC; and creating sustainable, environmentally friendly building that was focused on low long term energy costs by employing sun-shade grills and a unique in floor heating and cooling system.