April 3, 2008

Watha T. Daniels Public Library
(File Number 6519)

The National Capital Planning Commission commented favorably on concept design plans for the Watha T. Daniels Public Library. The District of Columbia plans to construct a three-story library at 1701 8th Street, NW, between Rhode Island Ave and R Street, NW in the Shaw neighborhood of Washington, DC. An existing library on the site will be demolished to make way for the new library, which has a contemporary design shaped to fit the triangular site. The building’s glass and metal exterior and green roof will help the library achieve the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver rating for green buildings. Construction of the new building should begin in late summer 2008, and the library is slated to open in spring 2010.

The Commission recommended that the applicant modify the design of the library’s entryway and streetscape to make the entrance more prominent. The Commission also recommended that the applicant develop the landscape plan to include usable green space for library patrons. The Commission commended the applicant, the District of Columbia Public Library, for the building’s sophisticated design and sustainable development techniques.

See the Commission Action and Staff Recommendation.


Anacostia Public Library
(File Number 6518)

The Commission reviewed and commented favorably on concept design plans for a second District of Columbia public library. The plans call for a contemporary two-story library in a park-like setting on Good Hope Road, a key artery leading to developments planned along the Anacostia River.

The Commission noted that the building’s distinctive design, with a glass curtain wall and perforated metal on the exterior, would help it become an anchor for this changing neighborhood. On the building’s south elevation, a large roof overhang will provide architectural interest as well as shade for the building’s curtain wall. The Commission recommended that the preliminary and final design submission include more fully developed site and landscape plans and additional screening for parking and service areas.

The Commission commended the applicant, the District of Columbia Public Library, for including multi-purpose community space in the library and for the project’s environmental design, which is expected to achieve a LEED silver rating for green buildings.

See the Commission Action and Staff Recommendation.


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Delegated Decisions: Projects for which the Commission delegated decision-making authority to the Chairman, Executive Committee, or Executive Director.