City of Santa Monica LEED® Gold Library Building
Santa Monica, CA
The City of Santa Monica's most popular institution is its public library which includes two stories totaling 110,000 sf located above three levels of subterranean parking. The library houses an enclosed courtyard, cafe, computer lab, auditorium, children and teen areas, public meeting spaces, as well as expansion space for the Santa Monica Historical Society Museum. The community's focus on responsible and sustainable development resulted in an ambitious project which achieved a LEED Gold rating.
Environmentally conscious building strategies include a 200,000 gallon storm water cistern which recycles rain water before releasing it into the city's storm drains, gray water landscape irrigation, and water efficient plumbing. The underfloor air distribution system improves cooling, air quality, and increases usable space. Daylighting analysis allowed the library to take advantage of natural light in reading areas. No CFC or HCFC - based refrigerants were used in the building's heating and cooling system. Carbon monoxide levels are monitored in the underground parking structure to optimize ventilation while saving energy. The building includes a 10KW roof-mounted PV system that generates renewable electricity on-site, helping reduce the dependence on electric utility power.