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Long Beach Civic Center - Billie Jean King Main Library

Long Beach, CA
  • Bldg system

    Hybrid

  • No. Of Stories

    3

  • Sq. footage

    96,000

Located adjacent to historic Lincoln Park, the Billie Jean King Main Library provides a welcoming and flexible environment, with interior space organized into discrete and identifiable areas that maximize the use of square footage while enhancing accessibility. Built over an existing parking structure, the hybrid building includes an exposed glulam roof system over steel framing. It offers a variety of spaces, including group study rooms, independent study areas, a technology-driven makerspace, community center, and large central atrium that provides abundant natural light. Targeting LEED certification, the building also features rooftop photovoltaic cells, daylighting strategies, controlled air ventilation systems, and extensive glazing with architectural overhangs for solar protection. The library is part of the Long Beach Civic Center Master Plan, designed by SOM to revitalize 22 acres of downtown Long Beach by creating a vibrant, mixed-use district. 96,000 sf / Type IV construction

  • Construction Type:

    IV-HT

  • Building Type:

    Civic (Recreational)

  • Material Types:

    Mass Timber

Individuals Involved:
  • Jose Luis Palacios

    Project Architect

  • Mark Sarkisian

    Structural Engineer

  • Marc Kersey

    General Contractor

  • Jeff Fullerton

  • William Klem