The Pico Branch Library Earns City’s First LEED Platinum Certification

August 19, 2015 3:49 AM

The City of Santa Monica is proud to announce that the Pico Branch Library has been certified Platinum, the highest rating achievable in the LEED Green Building Certification Program. The library is the first City-owned building in Santa Monica to be awarded this distinction. LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. The library, located in Virginia Avenue Park at 2201 Pico Boulevard, opened its doors in summer 2014. Designed by Koning Eizenberg Architecture of Santa Monica, the 8,690 square-foot branch library features a single-story, two-building design with ample sustainable strategies implemented throughout.

To qualify for the Platinum Certification the Pico Library had to score over 80 points spread out over five categories; Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources and Indoor Environmental Quality. The Pico Branch Library earned 89 points to achieve its distinguished Platinum LEED Certification.

Some of the specific features that led to the honor are: 

Sustainable Sites

Water Efficiency

Energy and Atmosphere

Materials and Resources

Indoor Environmental Quality

This Platinum Certification exemplifies the City of Santa Monica’s commitment to buildings that save money, resources and have a positive impact on the health of occupants, while promoting renewable, clean energy.

Santa Monica Public Library branch hours are noon-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday (closed Sunday). For more information, visit


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