Tutu Library

St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

Client: Jaredian Design Group


  • New Building Design

Project Summary

HTA Caribbean partnered with Jaredian Design Group Architects to design the $13 million new St. Thomas Regional Library and Records Center located in Tutu. This 27,000 square foot project includes a public library, children’s learning area, archival document center, and 100-seat auditorium.

HTA Caribbean’s Structural Building and Land Development Groups combined efforts to provide both structural and civil engineering for the three-story facility on a five acre site. The challenge of the site’s steep terrain was met by designing multi-tiered building levels and detailed site grading with multiple retaining walls. Because of the Caribbean island location, the building’s structural system was required to sustain a seismic design category D level and hurricane wind loads of 145MPH. This category triggered the need for additional design and detailing of the lateral systems to resist horizontal forces from earthquakes and wind. The building also includes a 125,000 gallon cistern for onsite water reuse, collected from the roof.

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