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 Р200 Internet-connected Computers, Complete Reference, Circulation Collection; Independent Learning Center Р132 computers including Adaptive Technology Stations; Multimedia Center РPrimary 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 Р 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.