News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


Subject :

Mitchell Park Library and Community Center to Open to Public in November
Contact : Brad Eggleston, Assistant Director of Public Works    650/329-2636
Claudia Keith, Chief Communications Officer    650/329-2607
Palo Alto, CA – The new Mitchell Park Library and Community Center is expected to open to the public in November, based on a new schedule by Big D Pacific Builders, LP who took over construction of the project in March following the City's termination of Flintco Pacific, Inc., for poor performance. 

"We finally have a clear path to finishing the largest capital project built in Palo Alto in decades," said City Manager James Keene.  “While it has been a long and challenging process, the new Mitchell Park Library and Community Center will undoubtedly be a community jewel that will bring together multi-generations of Palo Altans for many years to come.”

Since taking over construction two months ago, Big D has hired five replacement subcontractors to complete work including plumbing, mechanical, electrical sheetrock, roofing, windows, doors and shades.  In addition, Big D, City staff, Turner Construction and the surety have been working together to identify and address numerous items that need to be redone and fixed.  The surety is paying for all work needed to complete the building.

“We are encouraged by the amount of work Big D has corrected already, and everybody is focused on completing the project with quality work and having it open to the public,” said Assistant Public Works Director Brad Eggleston. 

Big D has had a good track record with the City, and was the general contractor on the City’s recent Art Center renovation that was completed on time and under budget.

Staff is expected to begin moving into the new library in September with both the new library and community center opening to the public in November. While construction has been continuing, library staff has been training on new technology that will be an integral element of the state-of-the-art facility.   
“We are very enthusiastic about the project, and are preparing for the move to what will be a top quality library that meets the needs of the community now and into the future,” said Library Director Monique leConge Ziesenhenne. 

The temporary Mitchell Library location at the Cubberley Community Center will close several weeks prior to the new facility opening with the newly renovated Main (now Rinconada) Library scheduled to re-open by the end of the calendar year. 

The Mitchell Park Library and Community Center will feature a 56,000-square-foot joint facility with features that include Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification, flexible library spaces (large children’s room, separate teen room, computer training room, quiet reading rooms), shelving for collection expansion, game rooms/half basketball area, advanced technology, Ada’s Cafe and many other amenities.