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San Diego Central Library Honored with Prestigious WOW! Award

Rendering courtesy of Marc Perrault, Rob Wellington Quigley/ Tucker Sadler Architects, Inc., JV.

The San Diego Central Library was recently awarded the 2013 “Best in Show” by the Decorative Concrete Council, a specialty council of the American Society of Concrete Contractors. Known as the WOW! Award, this prestigious grand prize is awarded by an independent panel of industry professionals to recognize decorative concrete projects around the world. Submitted projects were reviewed on the basis of aesthetics, craftsmanship, functionality, and creativity.

The 504,000-square-foot San Diego Central Library contains a number of unique concrete features. A 46-foot-tall and 70-foot-wide exposed structural concrete gravity arch in the library’s main lobby serves as a focal point of the building’s interior. The project also features custom cast-in-place concrete design elements, including moment-frame columns up to 7 feet thick and over 60 feet tall, nearly 350,000 square feet of architectural exposed waffle slabs, and custom roof structures. In all, the facility includes 28,000 cubic yards of structural, cast-in-place architectural concrete and an additional 15,000 cubic yards of non-architectural structural concrete.

For more information about the concrete work on the San Diego Central Library project, click here. Additional information about the 2013 Decorative Concrete Awards and winning entries can be found here.