A New Library for Pleasant Hill!

The City is designing and constructing a new library in Pleasant Hill. The design team, led by the architect Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (BCJ) and Margaret Sullivan Studio (MSS), a library programming specialist, conducted two Town Hall meetings in November 2017 and January 2018 at the Pleasant Hill Community Center. More than 200 people attended these meetings, participated in small group activities and provided many excellent comments and suggestions regarding the spaces and features desired in the new library to representatives from BCJ and MSS. 

The design team has also held thirteen Focus Group  meetings to gain additional input. At the conclusion of the programming phase, the design team will issue a proposed space plan for the library.

In March, the design team will begin the schematic design phase of the project. The schematic design phase will conclude with proposed building interior and exterior, and landscaping designs for public review.

We welcome all comments and suggestions for the new library.
Share your thoughts, comments, ideas or suggestions with the design team!

For more information email mnelis@pleasanthillca.org or call (925) 671-5229. A list of upcoming meetings can be found at the top left of this page. 

Background Information

On Monday, September 18th, Pleasant Hill City Council selected the firm of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (BCJ) to oversee architectural and design services for the new Pleasant Hill Community Library. BCJ is a national, award winning firm with offices in San Francisco. Their team of architects and library designers have many years of experience in major public and private projects. 

Since the passage of Measure K in November 2016, the City has been active in laying the groundwork for the construction of the new library, as well as funding public infrastructure projects around Pleasant Hill. 

In April this year, City staff issued a Request for Proposals for the design of the library. The City received 11 excellent proposals from some of the top firms in California. After extensive review of the proposals, presentations by six finalists, and site visits to meet with the final three firms, BCJ was identified as the architect with the strongest project team and with a track record of designing signature projects that create a sense of place and blend with their surroundings. 

Some examples of the design work of BCJ include the Shrem Museum of Art at UC Davis, the Presidio Visitor Center, Newport Beach Civic Center & Library, Ballard Library in Seattle, Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, and Mills College School of Business. They are also responsible for the design of landmark Apple stores worldwide including the one in Stanford, Palo Alto.

BCJ's team includes Margaret Sullivan Studio (MSS), a design firm specializing in programming and designing the library of the 21st century. MSS is fully committed to a robust community engagement process, including extensive workshops and focus group meetings throughout the design phase of the project. Ms. Sullivan is a national leader in the visioning, programming, and interior design of public libraries of the future. 

It is anticipated that the complete design phase of the library will take approximately 18-24 months to complete. Construction of the new building is expected to begin late 2019 or early 2020  with anticipated completion in 2021. 

Library Task Force and Measure K
In April 2014, the Pleasant Hill City Council established the Pleasant Hill Library Task Force to explore the need for and feasibility of constructing a new community library in Pleasant Hill. The Task Force concluded that the current library building, now 56 years old, does not meet the needs of library users and the Pleasant Hill community. 

In February 2016, at the request of the Task Force, the City Council authorized staff to conduct a survey of Pleasant Hill voters to determine support for a funding measure which would provide revenue to build a new library and make improvements to the City's infrastructure including streets, sidewalks and storm drains. With the passage of Measure K in November 2016, the City has secured the necessary funding source for these improvements to be made over 20 years, as well as the construction of the new library building.

Park District & County Agreement 
In April 2017, the PH Recreation & Park District and Contra Costa County reached an agreement for the District to purchase the 5-acre site which currently houses the library building and former Library Administration offices. The District must exercise its option to purchase by December 31, 2019. If purchased, the District has also agreed to lease back the library building to the County for library services through April 2021. The District is planning to use the 5-acre site for new recreational ballfields after the new library has been completed. 

The new Pleasant Hill Library will be constructed on a 3-acre portion of the vacant parcel on the opposite side of Monticello Avenue from the current library building. The map at the bottom of this page shows the site location of the new library as well as the proposed ball fields and potential housing project which is proposed by the County for the remainder of the 1700 Oak Park Boulevard site, adjacent to new the library site. 

Library Design Process
The City and the County are now working on an agreement for the transfer of the 3-acres at 1700 Oak Park Boulevard for the new library location. Concurrent with these discussions, the City is moving forward with plans for the design and construction of the new library. 

Swinerton Management & Consulting has been hired by the City to oversee project & construction management through the complete design and construction of the new library.

For more information, please select the link below for a detailed list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers:
Oak Park Properties FAQ's

Potential future sites of a new Pleasant Hill Community Library, Recreational Fields, and Housing