By Miriam Raftery
The County of San Diego’s new library in Alpine has been nominated for an Orchid Award in the San Diego Architectural Foundation’s annual Orchids and Onions Awards. The project was created through the design-build team of C.W. Driver, Ferguson Pape Baldwin Architects, and architect Manuel Oncina selected in a competitive design process.
From indoor trees for kids to cozy up and read under to an outdoor patio with park view, 42 million books, many specialized spaces and plenty of high-tech amenities, the spacious new library is not only innovative in design and beautiful, it’s also energy efficient as the County’s first Zero Net Energy building. Next up, the County is seeking LEED Gold certification.
The library features natural stone,wood and glass, as well as Native American design elements. One nominator observed, “Beautiful use of different materials interesting to look at…sensory stimulus!”
Four times larger than the old library, the new facility on Alpine Boulevard was also designed to double as a safety zone for rural residents during emergencies.
Read nominators’ comments here: