(@janiewise)

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 »

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Children's Playground?

Is there any chance of a children's playground incorporated into the design for the new MLK library? It could be part of the green space on the roof, and would be a great resource for neighborhood kids who don't have any playgrounds nearby.

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Children's programs

I encourage you to incorporate frequent and prominent programs for kids. This would draw in families -- locals and visitors alike -- from other parts of the city and surrounding areas. In turn, they would have a positive influence on commerce in the downtown area.

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(@pdrovers)

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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 »

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(@okufcsak)

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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 »

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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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(@eboyen)

Finalist Architects' Design Ideas

Green Roof

A green room might be advantageous to the library by reducing stormwater run-off and lowering cooling costs. It would also be an educational resource! Additional advantages of green roofs are detailed in the URL provided. . The Minneapolis and Philadelphia Public Libraries have green roofs. http://www.mpl.org/about/green_roof/ https://www.dvgbc.org/green_resources/projects/philadelphia-free-library-central-branch-green-roof... more »

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(@eboyen)

Meeting Spaces and Rooms

Meditation Room

I know libraries have 'quiet rooms.' I believe one of these rooms should be dedicated to meditation. Meditation has been shown to reduce crime, reduce stress, promote well-being and prosperity. http://www.nytimes.com/1993/08/01/nyregion/meditating-to-try-to-lower-crime-rate.html The Los Angeles library supports these types of activities. I am sure one or more of these local organizations would be happy to help.... more »

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Technology and Innovation Spaces

Expanded ebook access

Bookstores are closing. If you ride the Metro look at the others who are using electronic books and media instead of paper. MLK needs to greatly expand all areas related to "e-books" and downloading electronic media. To say, "We have that now." is sadly shortsighted.

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(@newlin83)

Meeting Spaces and Rooms

Smaller silent reading rooms and better lighting

My favorite libraries are ones that have areas that are small with dark wood and don't allow talking or phones. I also enjoy libraries that have rows of tables with lights for reading. The current library is not enjoyable to read in; it reminds me of the Houston Public Library, which is awful (even after renovation). I really like the architecture library at The University of Texas at Austin, the 2001 Nashville central... more »

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BOOKS. Maintain a high volume

From colonial days until now, public libraries have provided both new and old, popular and obscure, books. It is impossible for even a wealthy person to maintain such a broad collection. Access to the Internet, and rooms to meet in, however, can be provided in other places (schools, courthouses, churches on weekday, business space temporarily not leased). I am concerned about the great numbers of books which have been... more »

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(@stacypaull)

Children's Area (Ages birth-12) and Services

Should MLK have special Children's reading rooms?

I believe that the children's space should include themed secluded reading rooms. The main library of the Salt Lake City library system has the Attic and the Crystal Cave Reading Room for children. They are attractive and great places for children to read together without creating disruptive noise that travels through the library. They can also be used for smaller story times.

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(@godzillajr)

Finalist Architects' Design Ideas

Build a new main library

Look at the Mansueto Library at the University of Chicago, which opened in May 2011. The structure consists of an above-ground, 8,000-square-foot, 180-person capacity Main Reading Room. Four long rows of reading tables provide lighting and free electricity. Each table has space to which a patron can lock a laptop to an anti-theft device. If needed, the tables can be disconnected to provide for group study. Free wireless... more »

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