City of San Diego Mission Valley Library
San Diego, CA

Along San Diego's trolley line, Mission Valley Branch Library is a shiny example of community progress. Located in the Fenton Marketplace the library is 20,000 square feet of literary playground. The City of San Diego charged the design team to design the library to respect the past and represent the present with an eye toward the future. Syska Hennessy Group provided electrical engineering and architectural lighting design services with this objective in mind.

In addition to its new stacks, the easy-access library has a large community room, two seminar rooms, a children's library and a computer lab. Its entry is marked by a metal roof and clock tower, which hints at the library's modern design reflecting Mission Valley's river-central, agricultural past.

One of the more enchanting places is the east garden opposite the children's library. This garden oasis comes complete with a shallow linear reflecting pool meandering its way toward the San Diego River.

The grand tree columns are a special feature of the Mission Valley Branch Library. The tree column branches arch out in mechanical formations to support large steel plates cut to resemble a sycamore tree canopy. Our lighting design team was able to create an award-winning dramatic effect with their lighting of the sycamore canopy.

The project received an Orchid Award from the San Diego AIA for "Best Institutional Design" and "Best Divine Details" for the lighted tree sculptures throughout the library. Syska Hennessy received awards for both exterior and interior architectural lighting design from IESNA.


20,000 sf