C.W. Driver Cos. Completes $17.9M Public Library in San Diego’s Mission Hills District


Serving San Diego’s Mission Hills and Hillcrest neighborhoods, Mission Hills-Hillcrest Harley & Bessie Knox Public Library features 15,000 square feet of space, including a 1,600-square-foot children’s area, traditional reading room and community meeting rooms. (Photo credit: Brady Architectural Photography)

SAN DIEGO — C.W. Driver Cos. has completed the development of Mission Hills-Hillcrest Harley & Bessie Knox Public Library, located at 925 W. Washington St. in San Diego. Four times the size of the former library, the one-story, 15,000-square-foot facility will serve the Mission Hills and Hillcrest neighborhoods.

Situated at the corner of West Washington and Front streets, the project includes a two-story, 30,000-square-foot underground parking structure with 85 parking spaces and the formation of an adjacent cul-de-sac at the end of Front Street.

Manuel Oncina Architects and Ferguson Pape Baldwin Architects collaborated with C.W. Driver Cos. to design the library. The facility features a mission-style entry; a lobby with 25-foot ceilings featuring trusses, trellises and a skylight; and a traditional reading room. Additional offerings include a community room, 1,400-square-foot outdoor patio, 1,600-square-foot children’s area, 384-square-foot teen area, 400-square-foot garden, meeting room, four study rooms, adult computer area and an idea lab that offers 3D printing and other technologies.

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