Community Input Inspires Design of New San Ysidro Library

San Diego, CA, September 12, 2017 – Turner Construction Company and SVA Architects, Inc. are very pleased to announce that design of the new $10.3 million San Ysidro Public Library has begun after the Turner SVA team received significant community input.  The new library will become a cultural beacon for the neighborhood and a source of pride for the local community, who has been promised a new library for many years.

Situated on 1.6 acres at 123 East Seawood Avenue, the 15,000-square-foot San Ysidro Public Library will be a transit-friendly development.  Located two blocks from the Beyer Blvd Trolley Station, the project will feature designated areas for children, teens, and adults; an event space; and a 1,000-square-foot outdoor patio/terrace. It will also showcase artwork by local artists, brothers Einar and Jamex De La Torre.

The design-build team, led by SVA Architects and Turner Construction Company, is assisted by consultants: KPFF Consulting Engineers, LPG Engineering, MA Engineers, Wimmer Yamada and Caughey Landscape Architecture, Brummitt Energy Associates, NORESCO and Michael Baker International.  The team is seeking LEED Silver Certification in recognition of the project’s sustainable features including photovoltaic solar panels, water efficient fixtures, and efficient HVAC systems. Construction is anticipated to commence in early 2018, and be completed in spring of 2019.

San Ysidro Public Library, San Diego, Calif. Design-Build Team of Turner Construction Company and SVA Architects

San Ysidro Public Library, San Diego, Calif. Design-Build Team of Turner Construction Company and SVA Architects

The San Ysidro Public Library award comes shortly after the grand opening of the $143 million San Diego State University (SDSU) South Campus Plaza project, one of SVA’s signature educational communities in San Diego.  Ernesto M. Vasquez, FAIA, CEO of SVA Architects, states, “SVA’s experience in culturally rich and diverse neighborhoods lent itself well to the community’s design process.  We couldn’t be happier to work with Tuner to bring a new public space to the San Ysidro neighborhood.”

John Greenip, Vice President and General Manager of Turner Construction Company, states, “A library serves as a point of connection for a city and for members of a community.  Turner Construction Company is honored to bring another library to the City of San Diego, particularly in this South Bay community that celebrates the community’s distinct character through art.  This library will serve to connect people to each other and connect families to their community as the design so well captures the community’s desires for much-needed outdoor space.”

About SVA Architects
Founded in 2003, SVA Architects has become one of the Country’s most innovative and respected design and planning organizations. The award-winning firm specializes in urban planning, architecture, and interior design of public, private, and mixed-use projects.  Among the firm’s portfolio are civic, educational, residential, commercial and mixed-use developments.  The company is headquartered in Santa Ana with offices in Oakland, San Diego, and Honolulu.  For more information, visit

About Turner Construction Company
Turner has had a local presence in San Diego for more than 30 years, where the company prides itself on hiring local, MBE and veterans both internally and through contracted work. Most recently, Turner was a finalist in the San Business Journal’s Diversity and Inclusion awards program, featuring companies and individuals with exceptional commitments to diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and in business leadership.

The San Ysidro Library project is being managed by Turner’s Special Projects Division which performs ground up, interior improvements and renovations, building expansions and facility upgrades ranging from $1 million to $30 million.

Turner is a North America-based, international construction services company.  Founded in 1902, Turner first made its mark on the industry pioneering the use of steel-reinforced concrete for general building, which enabled the company to deliver safer, stronger, and more efficient buildings to clients. The company continues to embrace emerging technologies and offers an increasingly diverse set of services. With an annual construction volume of $11 billion, Turner is the largest builder in the United States, ranking first in the major market segments of the building construction field, including healthcare, education, commercial, and green building. The firm is a subsidiary of HOCHTIEF, one of the world’s leading international construction service providers. For more information please visit