Los Angeles City
Tetra Design Inc.
3900 S. Western Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90062
Mon, June 9th, 2008
The Exposition Park Regional Library is a 14,600 square foot, single-story building; parking areas to accommodate 85 cars; new city sidewalk, curb and gutter; and ancillary site work. The project also included the demolition of two existing tennis courts, fencing and lighting.
The Library is not only “Green” but also “Gold”, having met certain U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards for environmentally sustainable design in its construction. Among the Green features are low-flow plumbing and irrigation to reduce water use by 30%; high-efficiency mechanical and lighting systems to reduce energy consumption by 27%; recycling building materials which comprise more than 10% of the building; a 44-kilowatt solar photovoltaic “power plant”–owned and operated by the LA Department of Water and Power–with 480 solar panels producing more than 57,500 kilowatt hours per year.
The facility houses the Los Angeles Public Library’s 19th Adult Literacy Center, which offers free programs, tutoring and materials to improve the reading, writing, math and other literacy skills.