County of San Diego, New City of Encinitas Library
Encinitas, CA

The City of Encinitas conducted studies in 1987 and 1994 to evaluate the facility needs for their growing community. It was determined by both studies that the existing 4,300 sf library was at capacity and needed to be replaced. The City worked diligently to secure funding and in 2003 finally acquired the money necessary to purchase property and pay for full design and construction of a new community library.

The new library is the heart of the community and features several specialty spaces to support this unique area of San Diego County. The west building face features a glass wall and 2,200 sf balcony with views of the Pacific Ocean and downtown Encinitas. This signature element brings the outside in and provides gathering space and reading areas. This feature incorporate extensive natural light into the library and required Syska's lighting design team to add photo sensors to the lighting control system to manage light levels throughout this area. Other spaces within the building feature pre-programmed lighting demand controls.

Syska's lighting team also worked with the architect to design and install reflective panels for the stacks. The panels help to bring natural light into this area to support adequate light levels. The building also features a 120-seat community meeting room, children's reading area, and a used-book retail store operated by the Friends of Encinitas Library. This library is the largest new construction project built by the City since 2002 and is the third largest branch operated by the San Diego County Library system.


27,000 sf


2008 Award of Merit - Best of 2008 - California Construction Magazine