Main Library

main library
Interior of the main library

The Santa Monica Main Library Complex has 110,000 feet of building space that houses the library, community meeting rooms, a café, and a parking structure. The library facility was awarded LEED Gold Certification for placing a high priority on health, the environment and resource conservation. The project has achieved a net 42.5% savings from the base case energy budget.Project highlights include:

Project highlights include:

  • Raised access floor and underfloor air distribution to improve energy efficiency and facilitate future adaptation of the space.
  • 200,000 gallon rain water storage system for landscape watering.
  • Significant percentages of recycled content materials (e.g., 100% structural steel and rebar, 70% aluminum framing).
  • High-efficiency HVAC equipment. High performance windows.
  • Direct Digital Control System for HVAC optimization
  • 10kW Photovoltaic system

The savings goal established early in design was to achieve 45% savings in site energy and nearly 60% savings in source energy. The project ultimately achieved a net 42.5% savings from the base case energy budget.

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