Alpine Library breaks ground

The Alpine Library hosted a Groundbreaking Ceremony for its new state-of-the-art facility on March 6, 2015. Construction began in April 2015. "The new Alpine Library will be a one-of-a-kind gathering place for the community," says Library Director José Aponte. Established in 1913, the Alpine Library is over 100 years old and still growing. Developed by the design-build team of C.W. Driver, Ferguson Pape Baldwin Architects, and Architect Manuel Oncina, Alpine's new library is upgrading from 3,100 to 12,700 square feet, over four times the size of its current facility.

So what does the Alpine Branch expect to do with all this extra room? Along with expanding their collection, they're creating a brand new children's area with spaces for storytimes and crafts as well as teen and tween spaces featuring study areas and places to relax after school. It's not just the building that's fresh either; the Alpine Library is getting some new technology as well. The Alpine Library will be the County of San Diego's first Zero Net Energy building. This means that the energy needed to operate the branch will be completely offset by the energy harvested and saved through sustainability aspects. "Our buildings reflect the unique communities we serve and are all built to the highest standards in terms of sustainability and technological advancement." Aponte declares. With support from the County of San Diego and local contributors such as the Alpine Library Friends Association, SDCL hopes to provide the best resources to the Alpine community.

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