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.
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.