The library renovation is a great opportunity for DC to showcase innovative energy efficient building technologies. It would be a great way to educate the public indirectly about advanced building technologies, plus it would make the facility more comfortable (too hot in there today!) and reduce energy bills. Will the project plans ultimately incorporate more aggressive sustainability measures than what is detailed in ...more »
Public Entrance, Outdoor Space and Entrance Hall
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Currently the stairs are dark, enclosed, and almost feel dangerously secluded. The small, dirty elevators aren't a much better choice for getting upstairs. It would be such a joy to walk up a well-lit public staircase. Increased use of the stairs would also increase health benefits for the building's users and would decrease the elevator load. However, for those who need the elevator, improved elevators are in order ...more »
I went to see an art exhibit this January where the local artist’s featured painting was titled “Tribute to Civil Rights”. The painting was portraying MLK in a fantastic composition, on a very large canvas. In my opinion the painting has a great message and it would be a nice piece to be displayed in the new library, encouraging all people to reach for their dreams, for generations to come. For your convenience, to ...more »
Excessive heat inside the structure. As of July 10, 2014 the building construction directly across the street from the MLK library location has added glass to finish the outside of that new building. Was this considered when the plans for the new library were drawn? Rather than have to put in an expensive band-aid fix after the fact, contractors and Library decision makers should start now to fix this looming problem ...more »
With more remodeling ideas aiming towards improvement of the structure and use of installations that have added benefits,how important do you think it is to use such solutions to renovate that give advantages such as energy efficiency and insulation?
Discourage or prohibit smoking withing at least 25 feet of the entrance. Keep vending carts away from the entrance. Prohibit skateboarding in front of the entrance.
I believe the architects should expand parking spaces in the garage and allow library patrons to use the garage as well as employees.
Mixed-use development means using the same buildings and/or facilities for more than one purpose. Local examples of mixed-use development include: • First Congregational United Church of Christ (image attached) at 10th and G streets NW. The church is on the lower two floors of a large office building. • The Samuel Kelsey Apartments in Columbia Heights is home to 150 units of affordable housing for elderly or disabled ...more »
Let our public and colleagues reap vital benefits of being alongside the stem and leaf of the many plant neighbors in our area's system (eco). Work with updated urban landscapers. Caseytrees.org may have a list of local contacts to share.
Shape landscape to hold and utilize rain runoff for the plants.
It would be great to have a kiosk or computer in which citizens could record their memories and stories related to specific days in history or special topics. I imagine some wonderful history would be captured and then could be shared. Questions and topics could change to reflect anniversaries or holidays.
I am very distressed at the underplaying to the point of subterfuge of the fact that MLK is the only Mies van der Rohe building in the District, and the preservation of its architectural integrity should be the foremost concern of all involved. Let the building speak for itself, and treat it with reverence. The open spaces allow for practically unlimited adaptability - no actual structural changes should even be considered. ...more »
What other comments would you like to make about the entrance area?