New Skyline Hills Library Design Is Unveiled

Photo of Project Assistant Jessiah Neff,Project Manager Siavash Haghkhah.Deputy Director of Architectural Engineering& Parks Mark Nassar,Senior Civil Engineer Elif Cetin,Assistant Chief Operating Officer Stacey LoMedico,Councilmember Myrtle Cole,Friends of the San Diego Public LibraryRepresentative John Mooney, San DiegoBoard of Education District E Member Marnie Foster,community member Ken Malbrough, and Library Deputy Director Bruce Johnson.

Pictured left to right: Project Assistant Jessiah Neff,
Project Manager Siavash Haghkhah.
Deputy Director of Architectural Engineering
& Parks Mark Nassar,
Senior Civil Engineer Elif Cetin,
Assistant Chief Operating Officer Stacey LoMedico,
Councilmember Myrtle Cole,
Friends of the San Diego Public Library
Representative John Mooney, San Diego
Board of Education District E Member Marnie Foster,
community member Ken Malbrough,
and Library Deputy Director Bruce Johnson.

On May 28, 2014, Councilmember Myrtle Cole was joined by Assistant Chief Operating Officer Stacey LoMedico, Public Works Department Deputy Director of the Architectural Engineering & Parks Division Mark Nassar, Library Deputy Director Bruce Johnson and members of the community to unveil the winning design for the new Skyline Hills Branch Library.

The existing 4,400 square feet library, built in 1969, is outdated and inadequate to serve the growing community. The future $13.2 million library will contain all the amenities of a 21st Century library, meet the community's desire and celebrate the community's diverse culture.

"This new library is a long awaited investment in the Skyline Hills Community," said Councilmember Cole

It is the first time that the City used a fixed-price competitive design-build project delivery method, where three different teams of architects and contractors competed to design and construct the new library for a fixed price.

The winning design-build team of Barnhart-Reese Construction and NTD Architecture's library design balances aesthetics and functionality, and incorporates cultural diversity in the numerous ethnic art pieces that will be featured at the new library.

"More than a traditional library, the new and long-awaited Skyline Hills Library will not only become a civic center for the community to gather, but will be the place to inspire continuing education and knowledge," said Assistant Chief Operating Officer LoMedico.

The new single-story, 15,000 square-feet Skyline Hills Branch Library will:

  • Feature modern library amenities, such as new children and teen areas, study
  • areas, a computer lab, and a multi-purpose area;
  • Facilitate access for persons with disabilities;
  • Incorporate a design that will achieve Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification;
  • Offer food serving opportunities with indoor kitchen and outdoor coffee kiosk;
  • And include outdoor reading patio and landscaping that will complement the library architectural design.

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