In April 2009 the City of West Hollywood will break ground for the construction of a new library and community center in West Hollywood Park, across from the Pacific Design Center. In line with the City’s emphasis on sustainability and a recent Green Building Ordinance—one of the first mandatory “green building” programs in the country—the new West Hollywood Library building will be an unprecedented community facility. Final plans for the new West Hollywood Library and multi-purpose center have been crafted to not only achieve a Silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver rating, but to create the most sustainable building the City can within the bounds of the site.
Architects are currently completing the construction drawings in preparation for a spring groundbreaking. The final design includes an enhanced treatment of the façade of the building with curvilinear corners, landscaping surrounding the outdoor stairs and a coffee bar with café tables on San Vicente Boulevard. Additionally, to reduce the heat island effect 100% of the parking provided is located in a covered structure.
In becoming a certified “Green Building,” green options under consideration for the Library include a photovoltaic system (a solar power technology that uses solar cells to convert energy from the sun into electricity); low-emitting materials for paints, coatings and carpeting; optimized-energy performance systems (lighting, heating and ventilation) and the use of Green housekeeping products. Surpassing West Hollywood standards, the new building will offer greater efficiency than is required, outlined by Title 24′s energy compliance.
Private donations are helping to finance the library and ensure that it reflects the values of our “Like No Other” community. For information about how you can support the campaign, contact LouAnne Greenwald. To view renderings of this exciting new public building in our neighborhood, please see www.weholibraryfund.org.