LIBRARY: Mendota Library | Mendota, CA | Built
The State of California Library Bond Act of 2000 made funding available for construction of a new branch library for this rural community. The new library serves as the social and cultural heart of Mendota which proudly is known as the “cantaloupe capital of the world.” To respond to the resident population of 95 percent Hispanic, the architectural character for the building selected by the architects was inspired by the work of renowned Mexican architect Ricardo Legoretta. This gesture draws from the richness of Mexican architectural traditions and roots them in this Central Valley community that has strong ties to the climate, culture, and context of Mexico. The 12,500 square foot library offered the first Wi-Fi service in the Fresno County Library system and features 46,000 books and other materials, 17 computers, a Quite Room, Community Room, and Family Literacy Center. The site design was developed to accommodate outdoor markets, mobile health clinics, festivals, and other civic activities. Its strategic location adjacent to the High School is ideal to serve the educational needs of the community. Paul Halajian was the design architect while a principal with Taylor Group Architects. Fresno County Public Works staff prepared Construction Documents based on the approved design.
(Architect of Record: Taylor Group Architects)