Cleveland Park Library Construction Project

Cleveland Park Library Construction Project

Design process is underway.

The Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library, located at 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW, will be rebuilt.

The Library has selected the team of Gilbane and Perkins Eastman to design the building. The project is currently funded at $18.6 million. 

The next community meeting will be Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 6 pm. at the library. The architect team will share the latest design.

The new library, which is still in the design phase, will be larger to accommodate expanded space for children, teens and adults.

Interim Library Service

The DC Public Library is in negotiations with the Department of General Services (DGS) and one or more entities regarding leasing space for the Cleveland Park Interim Library. Some people have been made aware that space located on the campus of the University of the District of Columbia is under consideration.  As of this date, we have not signed a lease for this purpose.  We are interested in securing space as near the current Cleveland Park Library as possible and this has proven to be a very difficult task.  We wish we could be more specific however, we do not want to misinform anyone or jeopardize any negotiations underway.  We hope to be able to make a public announcement and provide a schedule regarding the closing of the current library, the opening of the Interim Cleveland Park Library and etc., by mid-February 2016.

Historic Review Process

While the Cleveland Park Library is not an historic structure, it is located within the Cleveland Park Historic District. Given this, the design will need to be approved by the D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board. In addition, because it is a public building, the U.S. Commission on Fine Arts also will review and approve the design.

View the design concept below that the design team presented to the D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board on December 17, 2015. The design team plans to present revised plans at HPRB's next meeting on February 25.

 

Community Engagement

Community input is a critical part of the design process. The Library hosted community meetings, and conducted surveys and focus groups to gather input about what spaces and services residents want in their new library.
 

Provide Comments Online

Share your ideas and view others' ideas in the Cleveland Park Library Idea Community.
 

Community Meetings

The DC Public Library and the Friends of the Cleveland Park Library have hosted three community meetings with the architect team to gather community ideas and get feedback on the design. Additional meetings will be held as the design process continues.

The first was held on Wednesday, May 13View a compilation of the comments from May 13 meeting .

At a community meeting on June 23, the architect team presented draft design goals and principles based on community input provided to date. Follow the link to view the presentation. Read community feedback from the meeting.

Building Facility Assessment

Prior to beginning design, the Library conducted thorough pre-design due diligence work. This work helps eliminate unknown building issues and informs decisions regarding building design, and 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.

Questions and comments about the project may be sent to Martha Saccocio at Martha.Saccocio@dc.gov or Archie Williams at Archie.Williams@dc.gov.

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