San Francisco’s Department of Public Works and the San Francisco Public Library received two Project of the Year awards in a ceremony on Thursday.
The awards were given by the Northern California Chapter of the American Public Works Association for the recent renovations of the Bernal Heights Branch and the Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Memorial Branch libraries.
Both facilities won under the category of Historic Restoration/Preservation and the two will now be considered for national awards, according to the Department of Public Works.
The renovations of the library branches were part of the city’s Branch Library Improvement Program, which is funded by a $106 million bond measure that was passed by California voters in 2000.
The reopening of the Park Branch library on Saturday marked the 16th branch to be renovated or newly built as part of the program. San Francisco is home to a total of 24 branches, the department said.
“It’s wonderful to be recognized for our achievements in historic preservation,” city librarian Luis Herrera said in a statement.
“Both renovations have preserved the beautiful historic features of the branches, while creating updated spaces that offer new technology, flexible uses for our diverse communities and seismically safe buildings that can be enjoyed for generations to come.”
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