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Construction has begun on the renovation and addition to the Davidson Library at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). The project includes seismic upgrades, renovations and fire alarm and life safety system upgrades for the existing 340k sf library facility along with the addition of a 62k sf, three-story wing on the north side of the complex.

The $53 mil project broke ground on August 15, and is slated for tentative completion in January 2016. It is being handled by California contractor C.W. Driver.

The project site is located in the middle of UCSB and the building creates a campus centerpiece in an area heavily used by students and faculty. The new addition will be connected to the existing facility via a three-story glass walkway on the northern end of the library. What was previously a 24-hour study room will feature additional study spaces and maximize the natural light. The new library will feature flexible work spaces to accommodate study groups and collaborative projects, creating an environment that facilitates learning and student growth. Additionally, the building will house welcoming, glass-walled study area pop-outs along the west side of the two-story portion.

The new addition will be a cast-in-place structure with a combination of architectural concrete, plaster and glass façade. Other features of the building include the creation of a grand glass-walled, three-story Paseo consisting of structural steel frame with a combination of architectural concrete, plaster, glass and ornamental metal façade. This Paseo will create a gateway that connects the library complex to the campus.

The C.W. Driver team includes Brett Curry, project executive and vice president of Operations; Sam Huleis, senior project manager; Jeff Marshall, assistant project manager; Bill Blasey, assistant project manager; Rich Sadowski, senior superintendent and Tom Zaczyk, project planner. The project team also includes Pfeiffer Partners, the architect on the project.

UCSB’s Davidson Library is targeting LEED® Silver certification and joins a number of C.W. Driver-built sustainable education projects including Valley Performing Arts Center at California State University, Northridge, and the student recreation centers at California State University, Fullerton, California State University, Northridge and California State University, Long Beach, which have all achieved LEED® Gold certification.

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