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Steel Shots: Dome of Knowledge
Posted by Tasha Weiss on May 18, 2012 at 9:50 AM.


A live webcam image capturing the construction underway at San Diego’s New Central Library. Fabricated and erected by SME Steel Contractors, an AISC member, and constructed by Turner Construction, the steel-framed dome crowns this grand community space. (Click on the image to go to the live webcam.)


A three-story steel dome is rising atop the 498,000-sq.-ft New Central Library for the city of San Diego. Scheduled to be completed next summer, the $185-million facility will serve as a revitalized public resource and double the size of the current library. The building is also being designed and constructed to achieve LEED Silver certification.


The dome will serve as a reading room for the nine-story children’s library. The new building will also feature a technology center, outdoor plaza and cafe, a 350-seat auditorium, a 400-seat multi-purpose room, teen center and two levels of underground parking. In addition, two floors of the library, totaling 76,000 sq. ft, will be used for a charter school serving up to 400 students.


You can track the libary’s construction progress in real time via a live webcam at
. Images are updated every 15 minutes, and you can zoom in or out, direct the camera and also see time-lapse photos.


To learn more about the project, as well as view photos and informational videos, visit


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