A new library has opened in Quartz Hill district in the County of Los Angeles, US.

In 2014, the County of Los Angeles issued a request to acquire the site to design, finance, build, and deliver the new library.

Designed to achieve a minimum certification of leadership in energy and environmental design (LEED) Silver from the US Green Building Council, the $12m project has been delivered by joint venture Griffin|Swinerton and SVA Architects through a public-private partnership.

Funded by the private sector team, the library is equipped with public access computers and laptops. It will be leased by the county, which can acquire the property at any time during the lease term.

SVA Architects' chairman and CEO Ernesto Vasquez said: "A public-private partnership brings together the best of both worlds the expertise of the private sector and the resources of the public sector. 

"A public-private partnership brings together the best of both worlds the expertise of the private sector and the resources of the public sector."

“It creates a team environment where the developer, contractor, and architect work together from start to finish. 

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“We are thrilled to have been a part of this outstanding team, and to deliver this exceptional new civic amenity to the community of Quartz Hill."

Built on a 1.7 acre campus-like environment, the 12,514ft2 library features public gathering spaces, outdoor learning courtyards, reading areas, and a 100-seat community meeting room with an audio-visual system.

The linear one-storey building is incorporated with features such as rooftop photovoltaic panels, bioswales, drought-tolerant landscaping, maximised controlled lighting, and controlled interior lighting.

Image: The County of Los Angeles Quartz Hill Public Library. Photo: courtesy of PRNewsFoto/SVA Architects, Inc.,Swinerton.