Benning (Dorothy I. Height) Library
The Benning (Dorothy I Height) Library is an award winning building designed by Davis Brody Bond Architects and opened April 2010. This two-story, 22,000 square foot library features a flexible design providing inviting spaces for all.
Services and Features:
- 40,000 books, DVDs, CDs, and other library materials with space for up to 80,000.
- Children’s program room
- Separate reading areas for adults, teens and children
- 32 public access computers with free Wi-Fi Internet access
- 8 Mac computers in the teen area
- Mobile laptop cart with 20 computers
- Comfortable seating for 200 customers
- Large program room for up to 100 people
- Two 12-person conference rooms
- Parking for 14 vehicles
- Public art by Ward 7 artists
Awards and Certifications:
- LEED GOLD Certification from the US Green Building Council
- Building of America Award 2010
- Associated General Contractors, Washington Contractor Award 2010
- National Association of Contractors and Builders, Proclamation Award 2010
- Developers and Builders Alliance, Community Advancement Award, Best Developments of the Year, USA & Canada 2010
- North American Copper in Architecture Award, New Construction 2010
- Icestone Installation Award, Commercial Interiors 2010
- Washington Building Congress, Craftsmanship Award for Special Construction – Thermal and Moisture Protection Category 2011
Benning Library Fact Sheet.
History of the Benning Library:
The new library building replaced an earlier building opened in 1956 designed by architect Clark T. Harmon.