The Takoma Park Library renovation team went to great lengths to restore the original architecture of this 1911, Carnegie-funded building while creating a modern library. Using the design-build delivery method, crews were able to deliver the $2 million restored library project one month ahead of schedule.

Takoma Park Library, Washington, D.C.
Photo Courtesy of Kenneth M. Wyner Photography

Historic records were examined and a master woodcarver hired to create woodwork and furniture that matches the originals. Crews uncovered a skylight hidden by a painted ceiling. The entire library was restored, including the plaster, wood, window glass, exterior finishes and gutters. Even most of the plants were reused in the landscaping.

Interior upgrades include the installation of new and improved lighting that fits the style of the building, a new vestibule, theft detection gates, elevator improvements and electrical and fire alarm upgrades.

Key Players

Owner: D.C. Public Libraries, Washington, D.C.
Design-build contractor: Forrester Construction Co., Rockville, Md.
Architect: Martinez + Johnson Architecture, Washington, D.C.
Structural engineer: Historic Structures, Washington, D.C.
MEP engineer: MEP Designs Inc., Manassas, Va.
Electrical contractor: Sustainable Power Systems Inc., Washington, D.C.
Mechanical contractor: Bradleigh Mechanical Inc., Sterling, Va.
Architectural millwork contractor: Amazing Grain Woodworking Inc., Rockville, Md.
Masonry restoration contractor: Atlantic Refinishing & Restoration Inc., Waldorf, Md.
Landscaping contractor: Ruppert Landscaping, Gainsville, Va.

The renovated library now utilizes new learning and communication technologies, including computer hookups at every table and wi-fi throughout the entire building.