The Billie Jean King Main Library in Long Beach, California, has been honored with a 2020 AIA/ALA Library Building Award. Hosted by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Library Association (ALA), the annual program recognizes excellence in architectural design. The 2020 AIA/ALA Library Building Award recipients, selected by a six-person jury, demonstrate design achievement, sustainability, and ecology, while also providing a sense of place, purpose, and history.
Completed in 2019, the Billie Jean King Main library is the first heavy-timber building in Long Beach. It was designed by SOM as part of the Long Beach Civic Center Master Plan along with the City Hall and Port of Long Beach Headquarters buildings. Targeting LEED® Platinum certification, the building utilizes rooftop photovoltaic cells, controlled air ventilation systems, and other features that contribute to the building's environmental performance. Together, the design solutions and mass timber structure allow for 63% reduction in energy and 61% reduction in embodied carbon.