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Alpine Library

Ferguson Pape Baldwin Architects, along with C.W. Driver and Architect Manuel Oncina, were selected to design and construct a new 13,000-square-foot branch library for the County of San Diego to serve the community of Alpine and the surrounding areas. Exceptional projects like these become vibrant hubs for their community, attracting a flurry of activity in a fun, inspiring environment. We welcome the journey of discovery with the dedicated leaders of the San Diego County Library and the gracious volunteers of the Alpine Library Friends Association.

The project consists of a new freestanding, single-story structure including all required infrastructure, off-site improvements, surface parking, resealing or restriping, and demolition of existing structure(s). The library will include spaces for children, teens, and adults; a marketplace area – featuring popular books and media; a computer lab, homework center, and wifi; a resource room for flexible programming; and approximately 700 square feet of space for the Alpine Library Friends Association bookstore.

The Alpine Branch Library is the first net-zero facility for the County of San Diego and is pursuing both LEED Gold Certification and the Living Building Challenge Zero Net Energy Certification. The County of San Diego Alpine Branch Library strives to provide a “Third Place” to the community, committed to promoting literacy, lifelong learning and social capital. The Alpine Library is a vital part of the community and will soon have more space to enjoy the resources and services the library can offer.





San Diego, CA

Square Footage


Team Members

Phil Pape
Amanda Schultz
Ann Shelton
Jennifer Macdonald

Sustainable Features

- Zero Net Energy
- Targeting LEED Gold


CC SARA Design Award of Honor, 2015