Perkins+Will/Turner Construction Named Design/Build Team for New Southwest Library

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Perkins+Will/Turner Construction Named Design/Build Team for New Southwest Library

The D.C. Public library has selected Perkins+Will and Turner Construction as the design/build team for the new Southwest library  
 
The Southwest library is being rebuilt. Located at 900 Wesley Place SW, the new building will be designed to support modern library uses and achieve LEED Gold certification for environmental design. The library project is funded at $18 million. 
 
The design/build team was selected by a panel made up of Library staff, the President of the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly and the President of the Friends of the Southwest Library. The Library received seven submissions. Each submission was evaluated against a list of criteria, including how the firm plans to manage the project, key personnel (including demonstrated strength in working with libraries and on similar projects), how the firm plans to use D.C.-certified small businesses, and price. With the team identified, the contract will be sent to the D.C. City Council for approval.
 
Established in 1935, Perkins+Will is a global firm with offices around the world, including Washington, D.C. The Freelon Group, the North Carolina-based firm that designed the Anacostia and Tenley libraries as well as many other library projects, merged with Perkins+Will in 2014. Perkins+Will also designed interior for Library Express, one of the interim locations serving the public while the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library is being modernized. 
 
Turner is a North America-based construction services company whose previous library projects include the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum and the new San Diego Central Library. Locally, the firm has worked on the modernizations of Eastern Senior High School, School Without Walls Senior High School and the new Sibley Memorial Hospital.
 
The Library is seeking community engagement for the design process through meetings, surveys, focus groups and online feedback. The first community meeting will take place on July 11 at 7 p.m. at the Southwest Library. To learn more about the project and community input opportunities, visit https://www.dclibrary.org/newsouthwestlibrary  
 
The new Southwest Library is a critical part of the DC Public Library’s “Know Your Neighborhood" strategic plan, and will help the Library ensure that 75 percent of the city’s residents have active library cards, five million visits occur every year at its facilities and library events, and five million books and other items are borrowed annually.