District of Columbia Public Library, Cleveland Park Library

Washington, D.C.

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SM&W Contribution

SM&W provided acoustical, audiovisual and IT infrastructure consulting for the replacement of the Cleveland Park Library located in NW D.C. Ranked as one of the most-trafficked libraries in the District of Columbia Library system, the previous facility was not meeting the needs of its ever-growing community. The rebuilt library is now 28,850 SF, encompassing a large, divisible meeting space for up to 205 people, another smaller divisible meeting room for up to 105 people, a 12-person conference room, private study rooms, an outdoor garden, and balconies on the second floor for outdoor reading.

One of the main focuses for the project was to create multiple meeting and conferencing spaces. Our audiovisual team provided insight in all of these spaces; specifying control systems, LED displays, motorized projection screens, zoned ceiling speakers, wireless systems, and much more. In addition, our team designed the library’s paging system and digital signage.

Because libraries are such acoustically-sensitive facilities, our acousticians scrutinized many different areas and components on the project. We evaluated the library’s rooftop mechanical slab, advised on potential adjacency issues to mitigate noise transmission, examined exterior noise levels, recommended various glazing and interior finishes, and set guidelines in terms of noise criterion for various spaces throughout the library.

The project was designed to achieve LEED Gold certification.

 

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