Completed in July 2011, this $7.1-million library remodel and expansion included adding a community space, technology and teen services, a kitchen, a café and a bookstore as well as giving an overall face-lift to the aging 1970 building.

The project designer also expanded the local history area and added new restrooms and a technology center. New and improved finish materials were included, seismically sound shelving was built and energy-efficient lighting was installed.

A dozen low-UV windows expand daylighting. Trux siding with upgraded plaster and landscaping freshen the building's look. A photovoltaic system—panels were placed on the parking lot support structure—can generate approximately 84,300 kW hours annually, potentially saving the city as much as $15,000 each year.

In addition, a stormwater retention tank was constructed for use in irrigation. As a result of these and other green elements, the building has achieved LEED certification.

The construction team worked in the library while the facility remained open, requiring the work to be phased to avoid as much disruption as possible. A radio-frequency identification system was provided for the nearly 250,000 books in stock, each tagged with a tracking chip.

Despite the challenges, no lost-time accidents occurred during the project, which was also delivered $162,000 under budget.

City of Fullerton Public Library


Key Players

Owner: Griffin Holdings, Laguna Beach

Contractor: Swinerton Builders, Irvine

Lead Design: LPA Inc., Irvine

Fire Protection: Daart Engineering Co., San Bernardino

Plumbing: Continental Plumbing, Mira Loma

HVAC: Cool Air Supply, Glendale

Electrical: Professional Electric, Anaheim

Demolition: US Demolition, Anaheim

Earthwork: LD Anderson, Bloomington

Caissons: Malcolm Drilling Co., Irwindale

Site Utilities: Boudreau Pipeline Corp., Corona

Site Concrete: K.A.R. Construction, Ontario

Landscaping & Irrigation: Diversified Landscape, Mission Viejo

Structural/Misc Steel: Plas-Tal Mfg. Co., Santa Fe Springs

Rough Carpentry: Golden State Framers, Placentia

Millwork: SMI Architectural Millwork, Santa Ana

Roofing: Applied Roof Engineering, Corona

Glass & Glazing: E&R Glass, Montclair

Submitted by Swinerton Builders