It has been more than a year since shovels hit the ground to build a new library for the County of Los Angeles unincorporated community of Quartz Hill, and construction has now reached completion.
Local officials and development partners last week celebrated the grand opening of a state-of-the-art branch of the Quartz Hill County Library. Located on a 1.7-acre site at 5040 W. Ave. M2, the new 12,514-square-foot building was developed by a joint venture between Griffin Structures and Swinerton Builders. The $12 million project was developed through a public-private partnership (P3) and will replace the outdated 3,500-square-foot library that was built in the late 1950s.
“The Quartz Hill Library is a viable example of a successful P3. We did what we do best—planned, designed, financed and built a state-of-the-art facility; allowing the County to deliver quality library services to the community in a timely and cost-effective manner,” said Griffin Structures CEO Roger Torriero in prepared remarks.
Designed by SVA Architects to achieve a minimum certification of LEED Silver from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), the new library features photovoltaic panels to cut down on energy usage and increase efficiency, bioswales, drought-tolerant landscaping, maximized controlled daylighting, and controlled interior lighting. The new library offers a 100-seat community meeting room with audiovisual capabilities, public gathering spaces, two outdoor reading patios, two group study rooms, 52 reader seats and 15 lounge seats, informational pods, vending machines, staff areas, and public restrooms, as well as a Family Place Center.