Public Entrance, Outdoor Space and Entrance Hall

How can we make the entrance, outdoor space and entrance hall inviting and useful?

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Public Entrance, Outdoor Space and Entrance Hall

Energy efficiency

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 »

Submitted by (@janiewise)
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Better stairs, better elevators

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 »

Submitted by (@pdrovers)
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Main Hall Decoration Idea

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 »

Submitted by (@okufcsak)
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Heat from Glass buildings being built.

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 »

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Mixed-Use Development in the Library

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 »

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Landmark Work of Architecture

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 »

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