Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library

Project Overview

The Vanir team is proud to have served as the construction manager for the Michelle Obama Branch Library, a new single-story building, designed to attain LEED Silver, that serves 90,000 residents and 18 schools. Previously, a 6,800-square-foot library had been serving this entire population.

The new library was constructed on the site of the former Atlantic Theater, a historic structure and city landmark dating back to 1942. Residents of the Long Beach community considered the theater’s 75-foot tower and its tremendous diamond-lit finial to be one of the area’s most iconic pieces. Through the City of Long Beach and Vanir’s collaboration, the original spire was restored, preserving a piece of the theater’s architecture and its cultural significance to the community.

Successful and on-time delivery

“I was extremely happy with the services provided by Vanir Construction Management…the management, planning and logistical tools utilized by the team produced a state-of-the-art facility on time and under budget.”
Glenda Williams, Director of Library Services, Long Beach Public Library


Long Beach, CA


City of Long Beach

Design Team

LPA, Inc.


ZCON Builders, Inc.

Construction Cost

FS 110: $3.7 million
FS 32: $4.7 million
FS 111: $5.2 million
FS 29: $4.6 million


FS 110: 2006
FS 32: 2006
FS 111: 2007
FS 29: 2008


47,500 SF


2017 CMAA Southern California Project Achievement Award, Public or Private Projects with Constructed Value $11M-$50M