Team for Northeast Library Renovation Selected

The DC Public Library has selected Whiting-Turner Construction and RBK Construction, with Bell Architects and Vines Architecture, as the design/build team for the Northeast Library Interior Renovation. 
Located at  330 7th Street NE, the Northeast Neighborhood Library is the fourth oldest public library building in the city still in operation.  The Georgian Revival style building, which first opened in 1932, will be modernized to provide state-of-the-art library services, while retaining the building's historic character.
The design phase will take six months and include: restoration of original woodwork; new plumbing, electrical and HVAC systems; improved lighting; increased space for library programs; larger meeting room; quiet study rooms; new restrooms; new elevator; and new and restored furnishings and fixtures. 
Whiting-Turner Construction and RBK Construction will renovate the library as part of The DC Public Library's Mentor-Protégé program.  Designed to help small, certified local businesses grow their ability to perform as prime contractors, the program requires a three-year partnership between the companies.  During the partnership, the companies agree to bid on other construction jobs together and provide the Library monthly status reports that measure the success of the collaboration.
Construction is expected to begin in early Fall 2012.  A LEED Silver Certification is expected.