Los Gatos Library



Los Gatos

Square Footage:


Completion Date:

February 2012

Structural System:

Moment frames and buckling restrained brace frames (BRBF)

Construction Cost:

$12 Million

LEED Certification:


The new 30,000-square-foot, two-story, steel framed public library immediately became a gathering place for all ages.

Funded by the Town of Los Gatos and involved residents, the new Los Gatos Library was welcomed with great fanfare at its opening in February 2012.

Teen areas, toddler nooks, and state-of-the-art technology labs blend together in this beautiful, welcoming structure. From the solar panels on the roof to the sustainable fly ash in the concrete foundation, the design team took great care in designing a low-impact, sustainable building which earned the project LEED Gold certification.

Custom exposed steel columns and other framing was closely coordinated with finishes to create seamless interfaces at very close tolerances. Moment frames meet the architect’s vision of a transparent structure, while buckling restrained braces are hidden in solid walls near storage rooms and elevators. The central grand staircase and floor-to-ceiling windows showcase this thoughtful design.

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