LOS ANGELES, Nov. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- A significant new civic amenity has come to the residents of Quartz Hill, CA—a $12 million, state-of-the-art library. The County of Los Angeles hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. to celebrate the grand opening of the County's new branch library. The project development team consisted of Griffin|Swinerton, a joint venture, and SVA Architects. The team was selected to acquire the site, design, finance, build and deliver the new library after successfully responding to a County of Los Angeles Request for Proposal issued in early 2014 for a turn-key library in the County unincorporated community of Quartz Hill.
The $12 million project was developed through a public-private partnership (P3). The library was designed, built, and funded by the private sector team and delivered "move-in-ready," equipped and outfitted with County-specified furniture, fixtures and equipment, including public access computers and laptops. The County will lease the facility and has an option to purchase the property at any time during the lease term. A P3 structure provides several benefits to public sector agencies: reduced upfront capital outlay; shorter delivery timeframes; fixed lease payments; and no lease payments until a facility is occupied. This structure allows public agencies to focus resources on delivering services in their communities, while capitalizing on private sector development expertise. "It has been a real pleasure working in alignment with all stakeholders in delivering a project that is such a fine addition to the community," says Gary J. Rafferty, P.E., LEED AP, DBIA; President and COO of Swinerton Builders.