Structure Type: built works - social and civic buildings - libraries

Designers: AHBE, Landscape Architects (firm); B P Consulting Engineers, Incorporated (firm); Fields Devereaux Architects and Engineers (firm); Greenworks Studio (firm); Hayward, Toby B., Construction Company (firm); Calvin Abe (landscape architect); Jennifer L. Cruikshank (engineer); John M. Cruikshank, (engineer); J. Peter Devereaux (architect); Edwin Fields (architect)

Dates: constructed 2005

1 story, total floor area: 12,500 sq. ft.

7935 Vineland Avenue
Sun Valley, Los Angeles, CA 91352

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Fields Devereaux Architects & Engineers served as the branch's architects, and, within Fields Devereaux, James Weiner acted as the principal design architect and project manager. According to Juliana Cheng, Director of the LAPL's Facilities Department: "He led public workshops and made presentations to City Bureau of Engineering staff to educate stakeholders on how the core values embodied in the LEED Rating System could be used to develop a design language that balanced library, community and environmental requirements to create a balanced architectural design language. Mr. Weiner was especially involved with guiding the design team to implement innovative approaches to meeting the sustainability mandates of the project on a tight budget, researching materials with multiple environmental attributes and supporting construction process initiatives that brought this LEED Gold project in on a conventional building budget. Mr. Weiner also led detailed analyses of lighting and energy simulations in order to support an integrated daylighting/electric lighting solution that allowed the project to exceed Title 24 energy efficiency standards be almost 40% while providing for a luminous reading environment. In addition to design and management responsibilities, he produced the information required to support the LEED Certification process throughout each phase of the project." (See "Sun Valley Branch – Los Angeles Public Library,"Accessed 12/06/2013.) Wiener worked closely with LEED specialists Greenworks Studio. JMC2 was the civil engineer, while BP Consulting handled structural engineering issues. AHBE was the landscape architect and the Toby B. Hayward Construction Company erected the facility.

The LAPL Sun Valley Branch Library earned a LEED Gold Certification for New Construction, and was the first City of Los Angeles building to earn this award. It also won a 2006 "Savings by Design" Energy Efficiency Integration Merit Award, and an Honorable Mention in the Excellence in Design program held by Environmental Design and Construction (ED + C) magazine. The emphasis on sustainability enabled the City of Los Angeles's Bureau of Engineering to obtain $200,000 in conservation awards from local utilities, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and the Southern California Gas Company.

PCAD id: 18884