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Construction Tour: MLK Library Renovation

Join the Emerging Architects Committee in partnership with OTJ Architects, Silman Structural Engineers, and Smoot | Gilbane for a construction tour and discussion of the MLK library renovation. The team will present how the complete modernization rejuvenates Mies' original design, while being conscious of existing structural challenges.  The new flagship library will house a new entryway, sculptured monumental stairs, a large auditorium and conference center, creative spaces for fabrication, music production and art creation, a ground level café with patio, a double-height reading room, a newly designed special collections space for researchers and research enthusiasts, and a roof top event space with terrace.

Happy hour to follow at Dirty Habit!

This is an active construction site so please make sure to bring PPE with you! Including the following: hardhat, closed-toe shoes, safety glasses, and gloves.

Presented by: Steven Jensen, AIA, Dipa Makim, & Jonathan Hrehor

Organized by: AIA|DC Emerging Architects Committee


At the completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the multidisciplinary coordination efforts between the architect, structural engineer, and contractor to achieve design intent while ensuring a complete, long-lasting structure;
  • Explain the design team’s approach to combining the respect for the existing building and the introduction of new elements;
  • Discuss the unique design and structural challenges of building within existing construction; and
  • Explain and summarize the design process of adapting a historic building to comply with the current energy codes.