Otto Construction received the AGC of California Constructor of the Year Award for the third year in a row! Otto Construction was recognized on February 3rd by AGC for the renovation of the Stanislaus State J. Burton Vasché Library Renovation. After serving the campus for 54 years, the student population had outgrown the library and it needed a complete renovation to adapt to modern learning methods. The Otto Construction + EHDD design-build team worked with Stanislaus State for 14 months to re-design the tired building into a modern and inviting library that would allow the University to better serve its students. The building was demolished down to the shell and replaced with new architectural finishes and a revised layout to serve multiple user groups housed within the building. The project is significant in its innovative use of materials, daylighting strategies, and careful refurbishment of quality existing elements to transform the building beyond expectations.
Now fully renovated, the 122,643SF library can accommodate 1,000 people at a time and house Stan State’s collection of over 675,000 items in less than half the space previously required thanks to a new state-of-the-art Electronic Compact Book Storage System. Extensive technology resources, including distributed computers, laptop check out, tech help desk, and multimedia group study rooms, give students a wide variety of spaces and technologies to meet their needs. Additional amenities include 24-hour study areas, a café, group study spaces and quiet zones with a variety of seating options. New openings on the second floor allow daylight to filter down to the first floor from new clerestory windows. The Vasché Library was transformed from a dark, hard to navigate, and outdated library and learning center into a light-filled, open, and inviting facility with state-of-the-art technology.