University of California, Santa Barbara

Davidson Library Addition and Renovation

Location: Santa Barbara, CA
Client:  University of California, Santa Barbara
Architect:  Pfeiffer Partners Architects

Project Description:

Designed as a re-conceptualization of what a library can and should become, the Davidson Library Renovation and Expansion and University of California Santa Barbara includes a three-story building addition on the north side of the Library to include faculty and student collaboration spaces and Special Collections ; a complete renovation and seismic retrofit of the original two-story building to house the Arts Library, plus additional study and gathering spaces;  a newly built Paseo, or grand walkway, which connects all parts of the Library as well as campus; a seismic retrofit of the eight-story tower and life-safety upgrades throughout.

The approximately 60,000 gross square foot addition and 92,000 square foot renovation provides 20% more study space, technology enhanced group study and collaboration spaces, expanded wireless access, a faculty collaboration studio, a new Arts Library with dedicated exhibit space housed within the main Library and a New Special Collections facility with state-of-the-art technology for preservation.  This LEED Gold certified project will also be home to a 24-hour Information Commons.

Slated to break ground in the Spring 2013 this facility is a central part of the University’s desire to provide a modern knowledge environment.


  • Technology Planning
  • Technology Programming
  • Architectural Design Support
  • System Design
  • Construction Administration


  • Audiovisual Systems
  • Telecommunications
  • Data Networking
  • Videoconferencing
  • Educational Technology


  • Provides a transformative learning environment, fostering community between students and faculty, and the campus and the rest of the world
  • Links traditional tools of the past with the future reinforced with 24-hour Information Commons.
  • Reinforces the role of the Library and the Learning Commons for next collaborative scholarship.