June 2015, Palo Alto, CA – On Friday, May 1, 2015 the Manhattan Beach Library celebrated its grand opening at its new location at 1320 Highland Avenue in the City’s Civic Center. The $26.3 million project replaced the 1 story county library that was constructed in 1975. Harley Ellis Devereaux, hired by C.W. Driver, was the architect of record and provided 50% bridging documents along with Johnson Favaro. C.W. Driver began construction in September of 2013 which was recently completed this spring.
Allana Buick & Bers was retained by C.W. Driver to perform limited construction monitoring in addition to on-call consulting for the building envelope, roofing and waterproofing systems. The library’s exterior consists of three faces of point support curtain wall with a fourth cement plaster stucco infill face. The roof is a low slope, single-ply membrane system.
The 2 story, 21,500SF Manhattan Beach Library features some state of the art amenities including an automatic book sorter, the first of its kind in the LA County Public Library system and floor to ceiling windows which allow for a panoramic view of the ocean. Librarian Margaret Todd stated, “I believe the residents of Manhattan Beach are going to be very pleased. The upstairs area will have wonderful views of the ocean and the city of Manhattan Beach.” The library was designed for all residents of Manhattan Beach with an interactive children’s area, a teen study, meeting and study rooms, and an adult reading area.