City of Glendale Library Renovation
Size: 92,600 square feet
Construction Cost: $15M
The City of Glendale Central Library renovation was a substantial rehabilitation and upgrade to the City’s 1960’s two-way reinforced waffle-slab structure. New dual entries on the north and south ends connect the facility to the Downtown Glendale surroundings, and new interior spaces and orientation improve function and flexibility within the interior. Structurally the building underwent a voluntary seismic rehabilitation to correct deficient concrete column confinement, a lack of shear walls, and non code-conforming lap length on boundary elements. To address community interests for the highly regarded City landmark, modifications were designed by Gruen Associates and the project team in a manner that preserved the 92,600 SF library’s historic integrity and future eligibility for the National Register of Historic Places and similar preservation categories. Completed in 2017, the refreshed interior also pays homage to the building’s original “Great Room” and a beloved elevator clock.