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. Based on the survey results, the City Council placed Measure K on the November 2016 ballot.
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.
Selecting project architects, construction manager
In September 2017, 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.
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.
Swinerton Management & Consulting has been hired by the City to oversee project & construction management through the complete design and construction of the new library.