Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library / Davis Brody Bond

© Paúl Rivera - archphoto

Architects: Davis Brody Bond Aedas
Location: , USA
Co-Lead Designers: Peter Cook, J. Max Bond
Project Team: Christiane DeJong, AIA, LEED AP, Nathan Hoyt, FAIA, Cody McNeal, LEED AP, Scott Phillips (no longer with firm), Kelly Powell (no longer with firm), Semaj Tucker (no longer with firm)
Contractor: Forrester Construction Company
Structural & Civil Engineering: Delon Hampton
Lighting Consultant: MCLA
Landscape Architects: Lee and Associates
Project Area: 22,800 sq ft
Budget: $12,000,000
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Paúl Rivera & Aedas

ground level plan

Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library is located along Rhode Island Avenue, NW at 7th Street, on a triangular urban site near Howard University. The new 22,800 square foot library marks this important intersection as a civic and educational node for the community. Filling the 9,850 square foot site, the building is comprised of three stories— one below grade and two above. The entry plaza at the east end of the site welcomes the public to the library and displays a 22 foot sculpture by local artist Craig Kraft. The main lobby provides access to the lower level which houses community spaces including a 100 person multi-purpose room, as well as access to the library proper. The ground floor houses the new materials and catalog stations for the general collections, the children’s library and the main service point and staff area. The upper level of the library will house the bulk of the adult collection, including reference and periodical sections, young adult and adult reading rooms. There will be online catalogs dispersed throughout the floor, with access to the DC Public Library electronic resources available at all locations. The library also offers two 10-person conference rooms and individual study rooms to allow for collaborative work in a non-disruptive setting.

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Designed to meet LEED Silver Certification, Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library incorporates a displacement air system, solar control and daylight management and extensive use of recyclable and renewable materials. The building utilizes a corrugated, perforated aluminum screen wall system across its southern façade. With a 40% open area, the screen wall sits 3 feet in front of an expansive glazed curtain wall and provides sufficient shading of the upper level reading room while allowing natural daylight to enter the space. The shading system allows a reduced dependence on artificial lighting and its related energy costs as well as protects the Library’s collection from harmful solar exposure.

© Davis Brody Bond Aedas

Peter D. Cook, AIA, principal in charge of design at Davis Brody Bond Aedas states, “The Library will anchor the neighborhood by providing a civic facility rich in aesthetic, environmental and programmatic assets that is representative of DC Public Library’s commitment to a standard of excellence for all residents.”

Products in this project

Construction materials, Semi-finished materials: Icestone

  • Countertops by Icestone

Floor: Lee Modular

  • Carpet by Lee Modular

Furniture: Swedese Mobler, Spacesaver, Kartell, Herman Miller , Vitra

  • Furniture by Swedese Mobler
  • Furniture by Spacesaver
  • Furniture by Kartell
  • Furniture by Herman Miller
  • Furniture by Vitra

Walls: Knoll

  • Wall coverings by Knoll

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