Community Input Inspires Design of New San Ysidro Library
San Diego, CA, September 5, 2017 – Turner Construction Company and SVA Architects, Inc. arevery pleased to announce that design of the new $10.3 million San Ysidro Public Library has begun after the Turner SVA team received significant community input. The new library will become a cultural beacon for the neighborhood and a source of pride for the local community, who has been promised a new library for many years.
Situated on 1.6 acres at 123 East Seawood Avenue, the 15,000-square-foot San Ysidro Public Library will be a transit-friendly development. Located two blocks from the Beyer Blvd Trolley Station, the project will feature designated areas for children, teens, and adults; an event space; and a 1,000-square-foot outdoor patio/terrace. It will also showcase artwork by local artists, brothers Einar and Jamex De La Torre. The design-build team, led by SVA Architects and Turner Construction Company, is assisted by consultants: KPFF Consulting Engineers, LPG Engineering, MA Engineers, Wimmer Yamada and Caughey Landscape Architecture, Brummitt Energy Associates, NORESCO and Michael Baker International.The team is seeking LEED Silver Certification in recognition of the project’s sustainable features including photovoltaic solar panels, water efficient fixtures, and efficient HVAC systems. Construction is anticipated to commence in early 2018, and be completed in spring of 2019.
The San Ysidro Public Library award comes shortly after the grand opening of the $143 million San Diego State University (SDSU) South Campus Plaza project, one of SVA’s signature educational communities in San Diego. Ernesto M. Vasquez, FAIA, CEO of SVA Architects, states, “SVA’s experience in culturally rich and diverse neighborhoods lent itself well to the community’s design process. We couldn’t be happier to work with Tuner to bring a new public space to the San Ysidro neighborhood.”
John Greenip, Vice President and General Manager of Turner Construction Company, states, “A library serves as a point of connection for a city and for members of a community. Turner Construction Company is honored to bring another library to the City of San Diego, particularly in this South Bay community that celebrates the community’s distinct character through art. This library will serve to connect people to each other and connect families to their community as the design so well captures the community’s desires for much-needed outdoor space.”