Building San Diego’s Central Library

Planners of a nine-story library in downtown San Diego celebrated a milestone in the construction Friday with a special "topping out" ceremony.

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Planners of a nine-story library in downtown San Diego celebrated a milestone in the construction Friday with a special "topping out" ceremony.
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The placement of the final beam in the library's structure happened high above the San Diego skyline.
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It was touted as the most significant construction milestone to-date and members of the media were given a front-row seat to the placement of the final beam.
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Workers watched from across the construction site. The 294,000 square foot library will be nine stories and include bay view terraces, rooftop gardens, and a three-story reading room
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The final beam was covered in signatures.
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An artist's rendering of the final structure.
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The building may be the only customized dome structure in the state of California according to a project news release.
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An artist's rendering of the final structure.
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In January, an anonymous donation guaranteed millions of dollars needed to full fund the library. The announcement meant there won't be any tapping into the city's operating budget to complete the project.
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The building spans an entire block between 11th Street and Park Boulevard, bordered by J Street and K Street. Here is a sketch of the proposed design shown in 2010.
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San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders spoke near the construction site in May 2011.
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A sketch of the proposed design shared with the media in 2010.
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A beam signed by those who attended a celebration ceremony in 2011.
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