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Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library

Project overview

Vanir provided construction management services to the City of Long Beach for the Michelle Obama Branch Library. The new single-story library is certified LEED Silver and serves 90,000 residents and 18 schools. The previous library serving this entire population was over three and a half times smaller at only 6,800 square feet.

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.

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


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

Long Beach, California
City of Long Beach

LPA, Inc.


Woodcliff Corporation

Square Footage
24,655 SF
Construction Cost
$12.1 Million
Start Date
Completion Date