Skyline Hills Branch Library

Skyline Hills Branch Library

2018 | Civic Buildings | National Award — Merit

Skyline Hills Branch Library

Challenge Design-Build Project Delivery Addressed

The team faced some unforeseen challenges, including unexpected soil conditions, fill from unauthorized dumping and, internally, issues with the cooling/heating system. They were able to deal with all these and add a mono-fold stacking motorized storefront operable wall the City rents and uses for community-based and internal events. All accomplished ahead of schedule.


The new Skyline Hills Branch Library replaced an outdated 40-year-old library facility in the Skyline Hills Community of San Diego. This community has seen a 60% population growth in the last 40 years, yet still lacked a true “community hub.” The new library now serves as a signature gateway into the unique community it serves, by celebrating diversity and growth through education and fulfills the community’s desire for a twenty-first-century library that evokes a sense of community, language and a love of reading. The library will inspire life-long learning and is sure to enrich the community for decades to come. The project was completed under budget and one month ahead of schedule, far and away exceeding the City’s subcontracting goals.

Design-Build Team

Client/Owner: City of San Diego
Design-Builder, Project Manager: Barnhart-Reese Construction, Inc.
Architect: Little Diversified Architectural Consulting
Engineer: Marino Design Consulting
Specialty Contractor: Brady SoCal, Inc.
Specialty Consultant: Md Mitchell Design
Key Subcontractor: Neal Electric
Duration of Construction: 12 months
Project Cost: $ 9,277,298