Location: Olney, MD
This 21,000-SF facility is the renovation and addition to an existing public library built in 1982. Olney Library obtained LEED Gold® for the multiple strategies of new and reclaimed wood and masonry, energy efficiency, daylighting and reclamation of impervious pavement for rain basin and preservation of an existing stand of pines. The project reused existing structure where possible and recycled what material could not be repurposed.
The project schema organizes circulation along a Gallery space. The Adult Area occupies the bulk of the original 15,000-SF building, while the curvilinear forms of Children’s and Young Adults (YA) reorient the building to better address the street. Between Children’s and YA is a feature garden, employing rain basin technology to treat roof runoff prior to entering the storm system. The extended roof cantilever protects the sidewalk, directing pedestrians from street to entry.
The principal design elements employ glu-lam beams and structural wood deck, re-purposing the existing beams and deck, and recreating them in a wing-like form that reaches out toward the street at one end and the entrance at the other.