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Ten Architect Firms Short-Listed for MLK Library Overhaul

Dozens of architects milled around the pre-response conference for the library redevelopment in September.

Dozens of architects milled around the preresponse conference for the library redevelopment in September.

The D.C. Public Library has selected 10 architect firms to move on to the next stage in the process to choose a design for the renovation of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.

The District's central library is 41 years old and in need of a facelift. Its redevelopment poses challenges for any would-be architect and developer, including the historic nature of the Ludwig Mies van der Rohe-designed building, which precludes major alterations to the building's appearance, and the opposition to the expected mixed-use development from members of a vocal group founded and funded by Ralph Nader

Twenty-six architect firms responded to the city's request for qualifications by the Sept. 23 deadline. DCPL selected 10 of those firms today and invited them to respond to a "request for technical proposal." Responses are due by Nov. 18 and are not actual design concepts; rather, they'll be judged on their approach to the project, their personnel, and their ability to comply with the city's Certified Business Enterprise program. DCPL will choose three of those firms in mid-December to submit design concepts and present them to the public in the spring.

DCPL has also created a crowdsourcing platform for ideas from the public on what the renovation of MLK should entail. That platform can be found here.

The 10 firms invited to the next round are:

Cunningham Quill Architects/1100 Architects
Ennead Architects/Marshall Moya Architects
Leo A. Daly/Richard Bauer
Martinez and Johnson Architects/Mecano Architects
OMA/Quinn Evans Architects
Patkau Architects/Ayers Saint Gross
REX/Davis Carter Scott Architects
Shalom Baranes/Davis Brody Bond
Skidmore Owings & Merrill
Studios Architecture/The Freelon Group

Photo by Aaron Wiener

  • anonymous

    You have no credibility on this issue, LL. Lie down with dogs and you're bound to get fleas.

  • Wow

    I have to admit, crowdsourcing is pretty cool.

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  • gimbels lover

    1100 architects are a legit shop. Their Queens children's library is really nice and good to look at too.

  • http://www.aidsvillagechina.blog.sohu.com Gary J Minter

    In these days of joblessness, government shutdowns, and tight budgets, maybe we should hold off spending more taxpayers money on projects which are NOT essential, like this library facelift and a new soccer stadium. The first priority should be basics like law enforcement, helping the poor, sick, old, and disabled, and public safety. Other things should wait until our economy improves.

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