Borrego Springs library
A rendering of the entrance to the new Borrego Springs library. Courtesy Roesling Nakamura Terada Architects

The desert community of Borrego Springs in far east San Diego County will get a new sheriff’s station, branch library and park by the end of the year.

BNBuilders, with offices in San Diego and Seattle, and San Diego-based Roesling Nakamura Terada Architects began construction in November on the $11.5 million, 16-acre project.

The design will leverage Borrego Springs’ status as a stargazing-friendly Dark Sky Community with artful educational displays incorporating constellation mapping and references to local history.

“Playing off the celestial skies was tremendous inspiration for the entire library and park site,” said architect Ralph Roesling. “The Galaxy Court, Cosmos Way and Polaris Plaza educate with concrete markers indicating the planets’ relationships to earth and sun. Everything about the site has been thought through, with respect to recreation, dark skies astronomy, discovery, and places for imagination.”

Jamie Awford, principal at BNBuilders, said the project will become “the cultural centerpiece and recreational gathering place” for Borrego Springs.

A groundbreaking took place in late October and construction is expected to finish late in the fourth quarter of this year.

Layout of the Borrego Springs project southwest of Christmas Circle.

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.