University Library Receives ‘Outstanding’ Building Award

University Library Receives ‘Outstanding’ Building Award
The newly renovated University Library reopened in September 2008.
Students take advantage of the state-of-the-art comptuer facilities.

The newly renovated University Library will be recognized with a 2009 Distinguished Project Award from the Western Council of Construction Consumers.

The university received an Outstanding Achievement distinction in the Public Facilities Category.

“This award recognizes [the university's] strong commitment to excellence in the engineering, design and construction of quality, cost-effective and innovative construction projects,” Western Council Executive Director Andrew Wiktorowicz said.

Project Manager Andrew Naranjo said: “We feel quite honored to have received this prestigious award. It makes us all feel proud of what we have accomplished in building the Library Addition and Renovation Project. The library's success is self evident in the enormous number of students who visit each day and in the continued compliments we receive from patrons who enjoy being here.”

The two-year, $58.5-million renovation and addition project made it possible for the University Library to meet the demands of 21st-century students, faculty and staff. With state-of-the-art computer facilities, modern architectural features, and additional study and meeting spaces, the library provides a comfortable setting for people to study, research, meet and relax. Since the re-opening in September, the number of library patrons has jumped 37 percent.

“This beautiful renovation creates an exciting opportunity for the University Library to become an intellectual and cultural center on campus,” said Dr. Gil Brum, interim director of the University Library.  ”In that spirit, the library will be hosting a week-long series of seminars and workshops for students, faculty and staff during National Library Week, April 13-17. We want the library to be an active participant in learning, teaching and research at Cal Poly Pomona.”

Rudolph & Sletten, the library project's general contractor, applied for the award. It will be presented at the Western Council of Construction Consumers Awards Banquet on March 12 in Los Angeles.

Western Council serves as a forum for the commercial, institutional and industrial construction industry and promotes quality education and implementing best practices in cost-effective construction.