McCarthy Building Companies Inc. recently completed construction for the $17 million expansion and renovation of the Biomedical Library at the University of California, San Diego near the corner of Gilman Drive and Oster Lane on UCSD's La Jolla campus.
A grand re-opening ceremony will be held this fall. The library collections were temporarily relocated to the UCSD Geisel Library during the construction project.
McCarthy served as construction manager and general contractor for the project, which entailed the addition of 43,454 square feet of space to the existing 32,950-square-foot library, as well as renovation of the existing structure. Los Angeles-based Pfeiffer Partners Inc. was the architect.
Constructed of concrete and a steel-braced frame, the three-level library addition features a distinctive cast-in-place pitched roof with steel core, designed to complement the roof structure of the existing facility.
"Presenting the greatest construction challenge was the distinctive roof, which protrudes 11 feet from the building and slopes upward at a 20-degree angle," said McCarthy project manager Robert Betz. "To provide solid support of the structure, we incorporated Camber radius beams, together with a Gass pattern formwork." The existing space was renovated to allow for more natural light, and includes new carpet, paint, light fixtures and ceiling domes. An open-air walkway through the building also was added, providing a thoroughfare from the south to the north.
The renovated and expanded library now features a 24-hour graduate study lounge, high-density movable shelving, specialized research collaborative areas for semi-private study, research and group study/consultation rooms, networked computer stations and training facilities, as well as wireless Internet access throughout the building.