Interim Library Services

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will undergo a major renovation. The design and planning process for that renovation began last fall with the process to select and architect. We now have a concept design for the renovated building from the selected team of Martinez + Johnson/Mecanoo. The various required regulatory processes will begin this fall.
 
Before construction can begin, the administrative staff and library services will need to move out of the current building at 901 G Street NW. During the construction process the Library will offer services at an interim location. Over the next six to nine months, the Library will ask the community for ideas and feedback on interim services for MLK Library. For example, we know that the interim library will be located somewhere in the central downtown area. What we want community input on are questions such as whether all library services should be provided in a single location or split among multiple locations. If split, what types of services should be grouped in each location?
 
We will use online surveys; focus groups; community meetings and our online crowdsourcing platform, IdeaScale, to gather feedback.
 
Earlier this week, the Library issued a request for proposals for full service architectural services to include architectural and key consultants including structural engineering, mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) engineering, and interior design services. The solicitation is available here. Submissions are due August 19. We expect to select the architect in September.  
 
Stay tuned to this blog or sign up for email updates to learn about specific opportunities to share your ideas for interim library services.