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D.C. Public Library names Perkins+Will architect of new Southwest Library

The new, $18 million library will be LEED Gold certified

The old Southwest Library that will eventually be replaced.
Photo via Google Street View

Washington, D.C.’s Southwest Waterfront neighborhood is going to get a brand new, eco-friendly library. The D.C. Public Library released the names of the design/build team for the project, which include architecture firm Perkins+Will and Turner Construction.

According to a press release, the approximately $18 million Southwest Library will be located at 900 Wesley Place SW and will be designed to achieve LEED Gold certification.

Founded in 1935 in Chicago, Perkins+Will is the same developer behind the Anacostia Neighborhood Library, the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center reuse plan, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture. They’re also known for designing funky, modern office spaces and their innovative use of virtual reality.

Turner Construction’s previous projects include the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum and the new San Diego Central Library.

There were a total of seven submissions for ideas on who will design and build the library. Each submission was evaluated on key personnel, price, how each firm planned to manage the project, and how each firm planned to use D.C.-certified businesses.

When it comes to the design process, the D.C. Public Library is still seeking community engagement through surveys, online feedback, and meetings.