The university's central library, designed by architect William Pereira and built by Nielsen Construction, San Diego, required sophisticated forming because of the overhanging levels. The 17,000 cubic yards of concrete took 475,000 board feet of lumber and uses 2100 tons of rebar. Much of the exterior concrete was placed in forms of rough-sawn lumber to achieve a wood-grain effect.

Take a look at other significant projects over the past fifty years in which concrete and industry innovations played a major role.