Technical Evaluation Committee to Select Architect Team for Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Renovation

Advisory Panel to Provide Community Perspective
The DC Public Library has released the names of the Technical Evaluation Committee and the Advisory Panel members for the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library architect selection.
Technical Evaluation Committee (TEC), with assistance from an Advisory Panel and feedback from the public, will select the final architecture team to renovate the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.  
In December, the Library selected Mecanoo/Martinez + Johnson Architecture; Patkau Architects/Ayers Saint Gross with Krueck +Sexton; and STUDIOS Architecture/The Freelon Group as the final three architect teams.
The TEC will review each team’s:
  • Senior personnel assigned to the project, and their experience designing and completing major libraries and obtaining appropriate approvals from D.C. and federal review agencies;
  • Approach to managing the project, developing the project budget, managing the costs and schedule while ensuring the final design meets budget requirements, and addressing key challenges that are inherent in the project; and
  • Ability to meet or exceed the District’s Certified Business Enterprise participation rate of 35 percent.
The Advisory Panel will inform the selection process by representing the perspectives of important stakeholders. Each Advisory Panel member has a specific expertise of relevance for the renovation process. 
The TEC and the Advisory Panel will participate in the public presentations by the final three architect teams on Sat. Feb. 15 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. At that meeting, the teams are expected to:
  1. Present two preliminary design ideas: one of a stand-alone library and one of a mixed-use building with additional floors. 
  2. Explain the design and how it is unique, iconic, functional, welcoming and inviting.
  3. Explain how library services are accommodated and how the design creates dynamic learning environment.
  4. Explain how the design approach preserves the historic nature of the building, especially the first floor and exterior.
  5. Explain how the team will navigate the District and federal government regulation processes.
  6. Explain the design approach for additional floors and separate access to those floors.
Following the selection of the architect team, the Advisory Panel will help the library gather input from the community on what they would like to see in their renovated Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. No decisions have been made on the type or extent of the renovations or additions to the library.
Technical Evaluation Committee Members: 
  • Ginnie Cooper (Chair), former chief librarian, DC Public Library 
  • Barbara Norland, senior librarian, capital projects, DC Public Library 
  • Chris Wright project manager, capital projects, DC Public Library 
  • Bill Alsup, senior vice president, Hines Development
  • Jair Lynch, president/CEO, Lynch Development Partners 
  • Carol Mitten, executive director, headquarters consolidation, Department of Homeland Security
  • Susan Piedmont-Pallidino, professor of architecture, Virginia Tech University curator, National Building Museum
Advisory Panel Members: 
  • Harriet Tregoning, director, DC Office of Planning
  • Patricia Zingsheim, associate director of revitalization & design, DC Office of Planning 
  • Kingdon Gould, Gould Property Company
  • Mark Leithauser, senior curator and chief of design, National Gallery of Art 
  • Alex Padro, member, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Design Guidelines Committee 
  • Robin Diener, president, Friends of Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library 
  • Susan Haight, president, Federation of Friends 
  • Neil Albert, chair, facilities committee, DC Public Library Board of Trustees 
  • Abigail Smith, deputy mayor for education, Office of the Mayor
  • Meg Maguire, past chair, site development task force, First Congregational Church, past chair, transportation subcommittee, Committee of 100 on the Federal City 
  • David Bell, preservation architect 
  • John Tinpe, commissioner, ANC 2C01
  • Rick Reinhard, deputy executive director, Downtown BID
  • Jo-Ann Neuhaus executive director, Penn Quarter Neighborhood Association