North Natomas Public Library

Client: Sacramento Public Library

Size: 22,645 sq. ft.

Cost: $7,553,181

Completion: January 2010

Delivery Method: Design-Bid-Build

Location: Sacramento, CA

Service: Regional Planning, Master Planning, Programming, Architectural Design, Construction Documentation, Bid Assistance, Construction Administration

Principal-in-Charge: Brian Maytum

General Contractor: McCarthy Construction

Mechanical Engineer: Capital 

Electrical: The Engineering Enterprise

Structural Engineer: Buehler

Landscape Architecture: MTW Group

Cost Estimating: Sierra West Group

Low Voltage/Fire Protection/Audiovisual: The Engineering Enterprise

Interior Design: Flying Colors, Inc.


The North Natomas Public Library is jointly used by the Natomas Unified School District and Los Rios Community College District. A part of the Natomas Educational Complex, the facility is located on a 240 acre Regional Park site that incorporates Regional Light Rail Transit, Inderkum High School and the American River College Natomas Center. The building’s plaza identifies the entry to the Educational Complex. The Library includes a gallery entrance to house community events and display projects for school and community groups. The reading room is defined by a large vaulted ceiling that allows natural daylight into the space. The facility includes shared computer labs, distance learning center, study rooms and interior and exterior meeting areas.

As a public library in a community which is aggressively adopting sustainable building practices, LEED Gold certification was achieved by incorporating many high performance features. Water and energy use reduction, regional and recycled materials, extensive construction waste management plan were the main highlight of sustainable practices adopted. Key among the sustainable features is the abundant use of controlled natural daylight through clerestory windows resulting from the “open-book” design of the main reading room.

North Natomas Library Goes Green

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  • 2011 Concrete Masonry Association of California & Nevada – Merit Award Sustainable Design