AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Projects
Lake View Terrace Library
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- Location: Lake View Terrace, CA
- Building type(s): Library, Other
- New construction
- 10,700 ft2 (994 m2)
- Project scope: a single building
- Suburban setting
- Completed June 2003
- Rating: U.S. Green Building Council LEED-NC, v.2/v.2.1--Level: Platinum (52 points)
Lake View Terrace Library is a branch library and multi-use facility for the City of Los Angeles. It is located in the San Fernando Valley within the Hansen Dam Recreation Area. The building program includes the library, a community room, an environmental display gallery, and an exterior courtyard.
The building plan responds to the desire expressed by the community to have a library that reflects the rancho tradition of the region, with interior spaces organized around an open central courtyard. A spacious main reading room stretches along the east-west axis and enjoys dramatic views of the park to the south.
Chosen as an AIA Top Ten Green Project for 2004. Submitted by Fields Devereaux Architects & Engineers, Los Angeles, CA. Additional project team members are listed on the "Process" screen.
Public transit at the adjacent intersection provides convenient pedestrian access. Site stormwater runoff was reduced by 25% with landscaping features that include a series of radial bioswales that allow for efficient infiltration of rainwater. Over 75% of construction waste was diverted from landfills to local recycling facilities.
The Library's energy performance is over 40% more efficient than California standards. The building shell is high-mass concrete masonry units (CMU) with exterior insulation to allow night venting. Approximately 80% of the building is naturally ventilated with mechanically interlocked windows controlled by the building's energy management system. A building-integrated photovoltaic system shades the entry and roofs the community room, providing 15% of the building's energy. The design provides nearly 100% shading of glazing during operating hours. During a typical day, all public areas (93% of the building) achieve target lighting levels without artificial light. Daylight-dimming ballasts and occupancy sensors are used where appropriate.
The program called for a LEED(r) Platinum building as rated by the U.S. Green Building Council, and it is the first project of the city to attempt or achieve this level of certification.
Owner & Occupancy
- Owned and occupied by City of Los Angeles, Local government
- Typically occupied by 9 people, 40 hours per person per week; and 1,800 visitors per week, 2 hours per visitor per week
Other (45%), Office (25%), Public assembly (15%), Circulation (5%), Lobby/reception (5%), Restrooms (5%)
Restored landscape (50%), Parking (20%), Patio/hardscape (15%), Drives/roadway (10%), Pedestrian/non-motorized vehicle path (5%)
Integrated team, Green framework, Simulation, Green specifications, Commissioning, Indigenous vegetation, Efficient fixtures and appliances, Efficient irrigation, Drought-tolerant landscaping, Massing and orientation, Insulation levels, Glazing, Passive solar, HVAC, Lighting control and daylight harvesting, Efficient lighting, On-site renewable electricity, Adaptable design, Durability, Benign materials, Recycled materials, Local materials, Certified wood, C&D waste management, Occupant recycling, Connection to outdoors, Daylighting, Natural ventilation, Ventilation effectiveness, Thermal comfort, Noise control, Low-emitting materials, Indoor air quality monitoring