April 27, 2020
Alten Construction recently broke ground on an addition to Belvedere-Tiburon Library.
Alten Construction began the expansion project in November 2019 and is expected to complete the project in March 2021. Designed by EHDD Architecture and Brown Reynolds Watford Architects, Inc., the project will be completed in phases, allowing the library to remain open throughout most of the construction period.
The $12.6 million project includes an addition to the library as well as a remodel of the current building, a new parking lot and landscaping the adjacent Zelinsky Plaza and Park.
The single-story addition will add roughly 9,000 square feet to the existing 10,500-square-foot building, creating a much-needed library space for the community. Once complete, the project will feature an expanded children’s library with a new storytelling space, digital lab and increased study and homework areas. Visitors will have access to a safe, enclosed outdoor space, new digital lab and makerspace, community program spaces and meeting rooms, dedicated teen library and new common area, among other features. Space for the Corner Books used bookstore and the addition of a café, designed to generate additional revenue, are also planned.
“The many years of community input, planning and fundraising are truly paying off,” said Deborah Mazzolini, director of the Belvedere-Tiburon Library. “This is a watershed moment in the evolution of the community’s library. Congratulations to all involved for the support, dedication, confidence, expertise, time and hard work.”
The new parking lot will be set back to protect the dedicated marshland behind the library, and the parking lot currently located between the library and Town Hall will be relocated to allow for expanded park use and open space, including a new scenic walking path along the marsh.
The expansion also features brand new outdoor community gathering spaces, including a Town Center Plaza, with outdoor seating overlooking Zelinsky Park, the Railroad Marsh and the Tiburon Ridge.