How do you design a library that will service the community as well as one of the top regional University's in the region?
How do you design a library that will service the community as well as one of the top regional University's in the region?

San Jose State University, Martin Luther King, Jr Joint Library

Forell/Elsesser provided complete structural engineering services for this new, 493,000 s.f. 8-story combined City and San Jose State University Library which is the largest university/City library in the United States.

Customized Solution
  • This building contains a deceptively simple and efficient structural system, while still incorporating dramatic architectural elements.  These elements include an irregular floor plan, a 7-story interior atrium, a central open-air courtyard, exterior cantilevered canopies, and a long-span Vierendeel truss to open up the main public entrance to the library located below.
  • The flexibility and openness of the interior spaces has been achieved by carefully coordinating the vertical transit systems and the mechanical chases with the eccentric-braced frame lateral system to produce four highly efficient and concentrated cores within the building.
CATEGORIES

Academic - University, Performing Arts/Museums/Libraries


HIGHLIGHTS
  • Architect: Anderson Brule Architects/Gunner Bikerts Architects
  • Owner: City of San Jose Redevelopment Committee/San Jose State University