The project consisted of a new 7,200-square-foot library facility equipped with internet access computers, Wi-Fi access, and a collection of 35,000 books and other library materials to meet the current and future library service needs for the unincorporated area of East Rancho Dominguez. The new library facility was completed in October 2012 and was awarded a coveted LEED Platinum Certification from the U.S Green Building Council. The designation was given for the library's eco-friendly design and construction including but not limited to the use of solar panels, reduction of water use, and drought resistant landscaping. By achieving the highest LEED Certification, the library stands as a national model of innovation, environmental stewardship, and social responsibility.
Benefits to Environmental Resources
The project optimized energy performance and water use efficiency, enhanced the sustainability of the site, improved indoor and outdoor environmental quality, and maximized the use and reuse of sustainable, recycled, and local resources.
* Achieved reduced water consumption by use of drought tolerant landscaping and water-efficient irrigation system.
* Achieved over 56 percent reduction of total water use.
* Optimized energy performance by achieving over 47 percent of energy cost savings.
* Provided solar panels on the roof that are reducing the building’s annual power consumption by 30 percent.
* Achieved diversion of over 94 percent of construction waste from landfill.
* Provided over 23 percent of recycled content as a percentage of total materials cost.
* Provided over 98 percent of certified wood value as a percentage of new wood materials cost.
Contribution to wellbeing of DPW and the County
The new facility enhances cultural, recreational and educational opportunities for residents and visitors.
Contribution to Economic Health
The project is an investment in public infrastructure and reduced operation and maintenance costs.