San Diego New Central Library

San Diego New Central Library

The San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common is the main branch of the San Diego Public Library. The 504,000-square-foot mecca for learning features 1,200 reader seats, six meeting rooms, 22 Wi-Fi enabled rooms, 407 computer stations, a children’s library, teen center, literacy services center, gallery and exhibition spaces, and a 76,000-square-foot charter high school on the six and seventh levels.


Morley Construction Company provided concrete subcontracting services for the project, which included the forming, placing, and finishing of a 70-foot tall reading room enclosed within a steel lattice dome structure, a 48-foot tall structural concrete gravity arch within the main lobby, architectural concrete exterior with glazing, as well as the mat foundation and structural system for this mid-rise structure. Approximately 42,500 cubic yards of concrete were placed on the project.


Project Size:

504,000 gsf


City of San Diego

General Contractor:

Turner Construction


Rob Quigley and Tucker Sadler Architects

LEED Rating:

LEED Silver


  • Best of Show, American Society of Concrete Contractors
  • Golden Gate Partnership Recognition for Commitment to Safety, CalOSHA,

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