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Location: Manhattan beach
client: city of Los Angeles/City of manhattan beach
SIZE AND COST: 22,500 SF; $18.5M
category: civic
YEAR: 2015

LEED certified: GOLD

At conclusion of the city-wide Facilities Strategic Plan, the city chose to keep the library on its existing site in the city's civic center. The feasibility study entertained two options: 1) renovation and expansion of the existing facility; and 2) replacement of the existing facility. Option (2) was selected as both the most economical and workable solution offering a library configuration that maximized utilization of its site. The new two-story library has replaced the previous one-story facility.

The new library occupies only half the area of the old building, which allowed for the expansion of the Civic Center Plaza. The plaza features an open space with a gentle slope in elevation to create a modest amphitheater for outdoor community performances and events of all kind.

Designed to be LEED Gold certified, the new library includes a dedicated children's library, teen center, and community meeting room, as well as sections for adult collections, reading areas, and public access technology. A key component of the ground floor is the children’s library, as the previous one was the most heavily used in all of the county library system. On the second floor, dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean are afforded with a sweeping panorama from Malibu to Palos Verdes, and Catalina Island to the south. The library is part of a comprehensive facilities and open space strategic master plan that was completed by our firm in 2008.