|The University Library will begin to be renovated in September 2004.|
As a direct result of Proposition 47 (2002), the project to fund the new addition to the University Library is now underway with the selection of two consulting firms. Carrier Johnson Architects and Rudolph & Sletten Construction Management Co. have been chosen, with more than 60 years of combined experience in the field. The two companies had recently worked in partnership on the Donald P. Shiley Center for Science & Technology and the award-winning Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice. Both buildings are on the campus of UC San Diego.
“The university community will be asked to play a very active role on this project,” says Tomás Morales, interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. “We plan to identify several activities and workshops designed for faculty and staff to have meaningful input into the library design and planning process.”
A panel of representatives from Cal Poly Pomona selected Carrier Johnson from a pool of 17 nationally recognized architectural firms. Established in 1977, Carrier Johnson has an extensive history of library design and expansion expertise. Recent projects include the joint city/university Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library at San Jose State University, the subterranean expansions of the award-winning Marriott Library on the Salt Lake City campus of the University of Utah, the Central Library on the campus of the University of California, San Diego, and the Kellogg Library at California State University, San Marcos.
The 135,000-square-foot library addition will complement the existing six-story building, as well as overall campus master planning. As the focal point on campus and the primary resource of research for the campus community, the University Library, along with the Olive Lane pedestrian mall, will serve as the gateway to the campus' future cultural corridor. Construction is expected to begin in September 2004 with an anticipated completion date of September 2005.