Cleveland Park Library Construction Project
Design UpdatePlans for the new library are now complete. We are grateful for the support of the Advisory Neighborhood Commission, the Commission of Fine Arts and the Historic Preservation Review Board, which have all offered their approvals for the beautiful new building. In response to community feedback, the design team has added a large meeting room in the lower level.
Some of the features of the new building include:
- Warm, wood finishes with plenty of natural light.
- A large, dividable first floor meeting/assembly space to accommodate 205 people. When divided, each space will accommodate 100 people. This combined space represents the largest meeting room of any of our neighborhood branch libraries.
- A dividable meeting room on the lower level that can accommodate up to 105 people. When divided, each space will accommodate about 45 people.
- A 400 square foot second-floor conference room that can seat 10-12 people.
- Four private study rooms for up to 4 people each.
- An outdoor reading garden that can be enjoyed by all customers.
- Two second floor balconies where customers can enjoy reading al fresco.
- Many environmentally friendly features -- the Library will seek LEED Gold Certification.
View the latest designs, which were shared with the community at a meeting on Sept. 21, 2016. Some of the detail finishes shown in the renderings may yet change.
Interim Library ServiceThe interim library, located on the campus of the University of the District of Columbia, at 4340 Connecticut Ave. NW, is open. The 3,000 square foot library has the same operating hours as the old library.
Construction ScheduleThe current building closed permanently on Saturday, Oct. 8. Demolition work is complete and construction will begin soon. The new library will open in 2018. For questions regarding design or timeline, please contact Martha Saccocio @ firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-727-1188. For urgent questions regarding issues on the construction site only, contact Rauzia Ally at email@example.com.
Historic Review ProcessWhile the Cleveland Park Library was not an historic structure, the site is located within the Cleveland Park Historic District. Given this, the design needed 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 reviewed and approved the design.
Community input is a critical part of the design process. The Library hosted six community meetings, and conducted surveys and focus groups to gather input about what spaces and services residents want in their new library.
View comments and ideas in the Cleveland Park Library Idea Community.
View comments from May 13, 2016 meeting.
View comments from the June 15, 2016 meeting.
View comments from the Sept. 21, 2016 meeting.
Building Facility Assessment
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.
Read a history of the Cleveland Park Library written in 1996 by the Friends of the Cleveland Park Library in cooperation with library staff.