Library Shows Off Green Building Innovation

West Hollywood's new library offers residents an environmentally friendly space to read and research while overlooking the Hollywood Hills. ©Johnson Favaro / Fotoworks

With the opening of a new library in October, West Hollywood, Calif., celebrated a milestone in the progress of its 25th Anniversary Capital Project. The 32,000-square-foot LEED Gold-certified library shares a three-story 44,000-square-foot building with ground floor city council chambers, a coffee bar and bookstore.

American City & County features the project in its May issue, reporting that the new building includes photovoltaic panels that feed into the local utility power grid. Most of the wood used for construction came from renewable, managed forests, and biodegradable housekeeping products are used to keep the facility green. But the library’s most notable “green” asset is its reading room, which features a high ceiling with intricate flower designs sculpted in bamboo....