Grand Opening for Bayview Branch Library

For Immediate Release
Contact: Michelle Jeffers
(415) 557-4282; mjeffers@sfpl.org

February 13, 2013

Grand Opening for Bayview Branch Library

Community Celebration, 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013

San Francisco Public Library will celebrate the grand opening of a neighborhood treasure, the new Bayview Branch Library on Saturday, Feb. 23.

Located at 5075 Third St. at Revere Avenue, the new building is the 23rd completed project in the City’s voter-approved Branch Library Improvement Program.

The celebration will kick off with a musical procession starting at Mendell Plaza near the Bayview Opera House at 10 a.m. The procession will lead to the new Bayview library where there will be lion dancers and an official ribbon cutting at 11 a.m. Library services will begin at 12 noon.

The new, seismically safe and accessible 9,000-square-foot library is being built to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council and environmental features that include solar panels, two green, living roof gardens, and an innovative air- circulation system.

“I am thrilled to be opening the new Bayview Branch Library which will give this neighborhood the type of 21st Century library services that it so richly deserves, in a safe, welcoming and innovative building,” said City Librarian Luis Herrera. “There is already a tremendous amount of community excitement around this project, which is second to last in the Branch Library Improvement Program, and I can hardly wait to open the doors and show the neighborhood this amazing new library.”

The new library features a designated teen area, a children’s area with interactive learning spaces, an expanded collection of books and materials with a large Chinese-language collection, more public computers, two quiet study rooms, an interior courtyard and a meeting room with after-hours access for community meetings and events. The library building was designed by THA Architecture and Karin Payson A & D of San Francisco and constructed by KCK Builders, a Bayview-based firm. The overall project was managed by the San Francisco Department of Public Works.

The project required that at least 30 percent of the construction companies and trades building the new branch were certified as Local Business Enterprises (LBE). The City far exceeded that threshold, with more than 68 percent LBE participation — surpassing all other similar projects.

“As a resident of this community for many years, I am very proud to have played a part in bringing a beautiful new branch library to the neighborhood,” said Department of Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru. “The Bayview library is a marvelous example of the City taking the extra step to ensure our neighborhood residents received employment opportunities with this project. The library project is a prime example of how it is possible to truly involve a community, as we should expect with all our projects.”

A key feature of the new library building are photograms created by artist and Bayview resident Ron Saunders. In addition, the building façade features 10 glass panels that depict images from historic photographs of the people and places from the Bayview neighborhood.

The construction of the Bayview Branch Library cost $13.5 million and was funded by a bond measure passed by San Francisco voters in 2000. The Bayview Branch will include new furniture, fixtures and equipment. Friends of the San Francisco Public Library is raising funds from private donations to pay for these items. To get involved in the Bayview neighborhood campaign, please contact tscheulov@friendssfpl.org. For more information about San Francisco Public Library, please call (415) 557-4277, or visit sfpl.org.

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