The Imperial Beach Library is the Civic Center of Imperial Beach, located across the street from City Hall in historically significant Veteran’s Park. The 14,830 SF facility is a state of the art, Zero Net Energy learning center that provides resources to a diverse group of people while serving as a welcoming community gathering place.
The meandering board formed concrete “boardwalk” at the entrance to the building creates a connection between the existing park and 8th street. The building itself is clad in a combination of stucco and eye-catching, brightly colored porcelain wood-look tile, reminiscent of beach cottages. The massing of the spaces is broken up to resemble these cottages, adding interest and definition to the unique attributes of each. A large central wave shaped roof runs the length of the building creating an expansive amount of glazing along north and southern faces and clerestory windows along the east side for daylighting. The interior of this roof structure is exposed acoustical decking, creating an open voluminous space for the main artery of the building.
The relaxed, coastal vibe carries from the entrance through the interior with materials such as the decorative sealed concrete with cast silvery shell aggregate that transitions to a sandy ceramic tile through to a durable carpet tile that ranges from the beach sand through greens and teals to eventually dark blue in the children’s sea themed area.
High impact resistant gypsum board with accents of decorative and colorful wood-look tile carry the cottage theme indoors. Clerestory windows allow for soft, filtered light to enter the main spaces and the ocean discovery theme continues through the rooms.
Roof mounted photovoltaics provide 100% energy offset for the building usage, making it ZNE. The building has also been certified at the LEED Gold level by the USGBC and GBCI.