Located near the city of Compton. this building efficiently includes all the standard features of a county library such as a multipurpose community room, separate children’s, adult, and teen areas, a group study room, staff work offices, parking with provisions for low-emitting vehicles, individual computer carrels, self-check machines, etc. Due to its small lot size, the building is necessarily close to a heavily trafficked street. With the windows high on the street-facing wall, the safety and privacy of the library patrons is maintained while allowing generous natural daylighting. As with all our buildings, there was comprehensive community input and review, as well as a thorough integration of the public art with the architectural design.
The facility has a photovoltaic array to generate (on site) much of its electrical needs, significantly lowering its operating costs. This feature is integral to the design, not a roof top afterthought. Similarly, other features (e.g. landscaping, natural light, light sensors / circuits, high performance mechanical system, etc.) contribute to the high overall environmental performance.
This project is the recipient of 2013 Los Angeles Business Council Design Award. Category: Sustainability, Los Angeles County.
Construction Cost: $ 4.0 million
Building Area: 7200 s.f.
Energy and Resources: Received LEED Platinum Certification. This is the first building owned and operated by the County of Los Angeles to receive this distinction.
Architect of Record: Carde Ten Architects