California State University, Northridge – Oviatt Library Renovation

The Oviatt Library project consisted of:

  • Renovation & Expansion of existing Library following the devastating 1994 Northridge Earthquake. Beezley professionals worked with the CM/GC teams to perform the following repair work:
    • Added two floors on the east and west wings to house library staff and special collections comprised of over a million reference books, periodicals, microfiche and microfilm, video and film, sound recordings, computer software, and other reference materials.
    • Repaired and restored the ACRS – automated collection retrieval system – that was compromised by post-earthquake water damage.
  • The Oviatt Library is the largest library in the San Fernando Valley
  • From 1992 until 2001 the columns of the Delmar T. Oviatt Library served as the logo for the California State University at Northridge. The Oviatt Library has 45 towering columns, each 55 feet tall and weighing 40 tons each symbolizing the enduring testimony to the power of knowledge.

Owner and Contact Information:

DMJM/JGM (Program Manager for Owner)

Project/Construction Management Team:


Beezley Project Representative/Role:
Jonathan Levy, Construction Project Manager

for AMEC Construction Management, Inc.


Fields & Devereaux Architects

General Contractor:

AMEC/Morse Diesel, Inc.

Dollar Value:

$22 Million

Construction Dates:

1996 – 1999