Parkside Branch Reopens November 6th

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October 18, 2010

Parkside Branch Library Reopens November 6


First Branch Library in San Francisco Built to LEED Silver Environmental Standards

San Francisco Public Library celebrates the reopening of the renovated Parkside Branch Library on Saturday, Nov. 6 – the first branch library designed and built to silver certification standards under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.

The grand reopening celebration kicks off with Chinese lion dancers at the renovated branch at 1200 Taraval Street at 22nd Avenue. Festivities begin at 1 p.m. Library services start at 2 p.m.  A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held with City Librarian Luis Herrera, State Senators Leland Yee and Mark Leno, Supervisor Carmen Chu, Department of Public Works Director Ed Reiskin and other city and state officials.

"We are thrilled to complete this innovative renovation project to serve as a model of sustainability for future libraries as well as an educational and inspirational green resource for our users," said City Librarian Luis Herrera. "The Parkside Branch will also be a welcome return of a well-used and beloved library that can now provide greatly improved accessibility, updated technology and the dedicated space for the children, teens and adults in this diverse neighborhood."

The remarkable renovation project - the 15th completed library in the Branch Library Improvement Program - transforms a mid-century modern branch library into a model of sustainable construction. As with all library projects in the program, the Parkside Branch Library renovation priorities includes making the branch seismically safe, fully accessible, and technologically updated. The renovation was designed by THA Architecture, Inc. of Portland, Oregon and Karin Payson A+D of San Francisco and the total project cost approximately $4.7 million.

"We build and renovate City facilities to the highest achievable standards," said Department of Public Works Director Ed Reiskin. "The Parkside branch is the first of ten upcoming library projects that will meet a LEED Silver or greater rating consistent with the City’s long term sustainability goals."

Among the key environmental features of the library are:

  • Renewable and biodegradable cork flooring, a classic and quiet choice for libraries
  • Collection area for recycling and compostable materials
  • Construction materials sourced locally
  • 75 percent of the project’s construction waste was recycled or salvaged
  • Efficient fixtures such as low-flow faucets that reduce water use
  • Windows that allow natural lighting to shine through, open for ventilation, and glazed to maximize the efficiency of the building’s heating system
  • Paints, adhesives and sealants that contain only low levels of volatile organic compounds
  • A SFPL- designed Play-to-Learn panel in the children's room that helps budding environmentalists learn about recyclable materials through play
  • Preservation of the building’s exterior, conserving resources and reducing waste
  • Drought tolerant landscaping

The architects took great care to preserve the modernist characteristics of the single-story, ranch-style building while bringing the facility into the 21st century in terms of seismic safety, energy conservation, accessibility to all users and changes in library service. Highlights of the renovation include a small addition, new accessible restrooms and entry ramps, seismic upgrading, technological updating, new furnishings, large new teen area, updated children's section, a refreshed books and materials collection, and a beautifully landscaped outside patio.

Over the past two years, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library has been working in partnership with neighborhood residents and communities to raise funds, awareness and support for the branch improvements. Friends, together with the Parkside Library Campaign Committee, will contribute approximately $500,000 towards the branch renovations to pay for furnishings, fixtures and equipment - expenses not covered by the bond. For more information on how to support the Parkside Library Campaign, please contact Marian Chatfield-Taylor at (415) 626-7512 ext. 103 or

For more information about the Parkside Branch Library’s opening celebration, please call (415) 557-4277, or visit

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