Cleveland Park Library Construction Project

Cleveland Park Library Construction Project

Architect Team Has Been Selected

Photo of Cleveland Park Library ExteriorThe Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library has been slated to be rebuilt or completely renovated.

The Library has selected the team of Gilbane and Perkins Eastman to design the building. The architect selection panel included the branch manager of the Cleveland Park Library, and representatives of the Friends of the Cleveland Park Library, the Cleveland Park Citizens Association, the Woodley Park Community Association, and Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3C09.

The project is currently funded at $18.6 million.

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Pre-Design Work Is Complete

The Library has completed pre-design due diligence work. This work helps eliminate unknown building issues and informs decisions regarding building design. This work helps determine whether the modernization approach is to rebuild or undertake a major renovation. Due diligence included a thorough building cost-benefit assessment that looked at the entire building. The CBA determines the useful life of the systems and makes recommendations for repair or replacement.

The CBA also looks at the library’s Neighborhood Library Building Program and makes recommendations to the level of demolition or renovation needed to meet the program.The library program is the document that determines the amount of square footage needed. All these factors are then given a cost estimate that compares renovation vs. new construction. It is not the only document used to make the choice between demolition/new construction or renovation, but it does help the Library make an informed decision.

Community Engagement

Community input is a critical part of the design process, starting with the selection of the design team. The Library will continue working with the community to gather input about what spaces and services customers would like to see in the new library. Library staff gave an initial presentation about the process and timeline at a meeting of the Friends of the Cleveland Park Library on March 26, 2014. More than 80 community members participated in the meeting and raised a number of issues including style of architecture, zoning limitations, parking, interest in having space for local archives and more. Read a summary of the questions and answers here.

Questions and comments about the project may be sent to Martha Saccocio at

Read a history of the Cleveland Park Library written in 1996 by the Friends of the Cleveland Park Library in cooperation with library staff.