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Tour: The New Cleveland Park Library

The Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library is being rebuilt. The Library hired the design/build team of Gilbane and Perkins Eastman for the project, which is funded at $19.7 million. The new library will be larger to accommodate expanded space for children, teens and adults, and will open in mid-2018.

The new building will be larger and will feature more meeting rooms as well as the following:

•Warm, wood finishes with plenty of natural light.

•A 400sqft second-floor conference room.

•Private study rooms.

•An outdoor reading garden.

•Two second floor balconies where customers can enjoy reading al fresco.

•Many environmentally friendly features -- the Library will seek LEED Gold Certification.

•Several pieces of art from the old library will be incorporated into the new building.

Join the Washington Architectural Foundation and the DC Public Library for a tour of what will be a spectacular and iconic addition to the Cleveland Park and Woodley Park neighborhoods.


After attending this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the process of planning, designing and rebuilding a DC Public Library branch;
  • Discuss the sustainable design elements of this project and the process of pursuing LEED certification;
  • Identify the unique set of challenges of rebuilding a community-oriented project; and
  • Explore specific design elements facilitating a multi-purpose, inclusive public space.