Working intensively with a community focus group, Platt/Whitelaw Architects designed a 15,000 s.f. branch library and a 9,500 s.f community recreation building for the North University City area. The facilities are designed as an integral component of a new 30-acre community park. Platt/Whitelaw acted as the design architect.
The design addresses the sustainable design goals of energy efficiency, use of natural day-lighting, creation of excellent indoor air quality and careful selection of materials and finishes for durability, low maintenance and minimal environmental impact. Integration of thermal mass and nighttime cooling provides the sustainable design solution for a building that is closed against daytime aircraft noise.
The facility is designed to qualify for a silver LEED rating under the City of San Diego’s Green Building Council policy.