Capital Planning, Design & Construction

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Addition/Renovation J. Paul Leonard Library and Sutro Library

Project completed March 2012
Construction Dates

Summer 2008 to Spring 2012


The J. Paul Leonard Library and Sutro Library project will completely renovate, seismically strengthen, and add approximately 70,042 gross square feet to the existing library. An automated library retrieval system (LRS) will be located in the new west addition, freeing space normally consumed by book stacks for use as study and computing areas. The Sutro Library will move from its present building on Winston Drive to the 5th and 6th floors of the renovated Library.

Scope of work

Construction Schedule is in two phases:
Phase I: Relocation of utilities and demolition of the Franciscan Building and construction of the new west addition – completed.
Phase II: Seismic retrofit and renovation of existing building and new north addition – Completed.

Students and faculty continue to have access to library services and the collection during the building closure.  Collections remain available by request and are distributed from temporary locations in the HSS building. Two temporary structures are occupied on the site of the former Lakeview Center, at the intersection of Lake Merced Boulevard and Winston Drive, which house interim library functions, including research assistance, periodicals, reading and study areas, computer work stations, multimedia production and staff work space.

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