UCLA Powell Library Renovation

UCLA Powell Library Renovation

Powell Library is a 1929 landmark on the UCLA campus. This architectural upgrade and seismic strengthening project included the demolition of a 1957 stack addition and the construction of a new addition. The restoration employed fine finishes of imported tile and stone, linoleum floors, custom reproduction lighting fixtures, and custom wood study carrels. Additional work included the restoration of the historical, hand-painted, 250-foot by 70-foot decorative plaster ceiling. Powell Library won the prestigious 1996 Governor’s Historic Preservation Award for excellence in historic preservation and was honored with the American Institute of Architects Architectural Award.


Morley Construction Company provided concrete subcontracting services for the project, totaling 3,500 cubic yards.


Project Details:

  • 162,000 gsf
  • 3,500 cy of concrete

General Contractor:

Morley Construction Company


Regents of the University of California


Moore Ruble Yudell


  • Los Angeles Business Council – Urban Beautification Award, Commercial Mid/High-Rise
  • California Preservation Foundation – Preservation Award

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