The library represents a joint effort between the County of Los Angeles and the City of Pico Rivera. The building moves organically through the wooded site creating four courtyards (children, adult, staff, entry) and allowing generous views to trees and landscaping from the interior spaces. These outdoor courts enable patrons and librarians to enjoy the clement weather of southern California without sacrificing their privacy or safety.
The building frame is all steel, and the exterior is clad with a rain screen assembly of durable panels in warm wood tones and with generous high performance glazing. The roof is a reflective single ply membrane that rises and falls in accordance with the spaces below.
The building and the process illustrate the best of community and civic collaboration. The results reflect that shared effort and vision. This building got LEED PLATINUM certification.