Half Moon Bay Library

“The construction management services provided by Griffin throughout the design and construction process have been outstanding."

John T. Doughty, AICP, Director of Public Works, City of Half Moon Bay

Griffin provided program and construction management services for a new library in the City of Half Moon Bay. The project included demolition of an existing 7,825-square-foot library and construction of a new 22,000-square-foot library. Planning for the new $24 million library involved extensive community engagement and outreach. The contemporary design includes a lobby; children’s and teen areas; study, literacy areas; as well as a roof deck, courtyard and atrium.

The project, which opened in August 2018, is a net-zero energy building (NZEB)–the first in San Mateo County.  The library includes a large rooftop photovoltaic array that provides nearly all the electricity for the building. Other energy-reducing features include hydronic radiant floor heating; and an integrated system that controls lighting, window blinds and cooling systems. Site features include EV charging stations, drought-tolerant plantings, bioswales, and permeable pavers that allow rainwater to be captured and filtered before it percolates into the ground, rather than flowing into storm drains.

The new Half Moon Bay Library, funded by the City of Half Moon Bay, the County of San Mateo and the San Mateo County Library Joint Powers Authority, serves the San Mateo Coastside communities and is the only library serving a 270-square-mile area.


Photo Credit: Anthony Lindsey Photography



Half Moon Bay Library