Verdes Estates, California
The Palos Verdes Library District concern was to develop a master
plan type approach to the rehabilitation of the Malaga Cove
Library, a 3-story, 20,000 SF National Register building designed
by Myron Hunt. The PVLD had several programmatic issues about
access, increasing computers and media materials as well as
concerns about life safety. They also wanted to develop a rehabilitation
and restoration plan for care taking of the building which had
suffered minor alterations over the past eighty years.
The result was first a Master plan with several areas of “projects
or phases”. These were fire and life safety, main library,
lighting and restoration, and special little projects for improving
the tower, mezzanine and periodical rooms that are under utilized.
The first of these Phases was completed in 2008. While completing
the fire and life safety improvements this phase managed to
remove some of the conduit alterations, provide for future lighting
upgrades and create a sensitive periodical room in an under
utilized former porch entry.