October 24, 2014

Washington DC’s Chief Librarian Wins Public Architecture Award

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From the Georgetown Patch:

The American Institute of Architects has honored Ginnie Cooper, DC’s Chief Librarian, with a 2013 Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture for her work to raise public awarenesss of neighborhood libraries through quality design. Since she began her work with the DC Public Library (DCPL) in 2006, 14 libraries have been renovated or rebuilt.

The award recognizes Cooper in the public official category for “promoting design excellence.” On the award announcement page, Cooper is “credited for the recent renaissance in library construction and renovation in the nation’s capital.”

See Also: From DCPL News Release

Cooper came to District in 2006 with the task of transforming the city’s public library system. Since that time, 14 libraries have been renovated or rebuilt. Also since Cooper’s arrival, the number of books borrowed has more than tripled.

The Library system has received 36 awards for new or renovated buildings.

Library facilities that have received awards since 2008 include:

Anacostia Library
• AIA North Carolina Research Triangle Chapter Merit Award, Unbuilt Category (2008)
• AIA North Carolina Chapter Merit Award, Unbuilt Category (2009)
• AIA North Carolina Committee on the Environment (COTE) (2010)
• Washington Building Congress Craftsmanship Award for Special Construction – Thermal and Moisture Protection Category (2011)
• LEED GOLD Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (2012)
• AIA D.C. Chapter Award of Merit in Architecture (2012)

Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library
• Building of America Award (2010)
• Associated General Contractors Washington Contractor Award (2010)
• National Association of Contractors and Builders Proclamation Award (2010)
• Developers and Builders Alliance Community Advancement Award, Best Developments of the Year, USA & Canada (2010)
• North American Copper in Architecture Award, New Construction (2010)
• Icestone Installation Award, Commercial Interiors (2010)
• Washington Building Congress Craftsmanship Award for Special Construction – Thermal and Moisture Protection Category (2011)
• LEED Gold Certification, US Green Building Council (2012)

Deanwood Library
• Editor’s Choice Award, Innovative Architecture & Design Awards contest, Recreation Management magazine. (May 2011)

Francis A. Gregory Library
• American Institute of Potomac Valley Design Award, Institutional Category (2012)

Georgetown Library
• Award for Stewardship, the District of Columbia Historic Preservation Office (2009)

Mount Pleasant Library
• AIA D.C. Chapter Honor Award, Unbuilt Category (2009)

Petworth Library
• Craftsmanship Award (for the new terrazzo floor), Washington Building Congress (2011)
• AIA DC Chapter Award (2011)

Takoma Park Library
• Vision Award, The Committee of 100 on the Federal City (2009)
• Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation, D.C. Historic Preservation Office (2009)
• Award of Merit in Renovation/Restoration, Mid-Atlantic Construction (2009)

Tenley-Friendship Library
• AIA North Carolina Chapter Honor Award (2011)
• LEED Gold Certification, U.S. Green Building Council (2011)
• Washington Building Congress Craftsmanship Award, Doors and Windows/Curtainwall Category (2012)
• AIA D.C. Chapter Award of Excellence in Architecture (2012)

Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library
• Mid-Atlantic Construction Award of Merit, Cultural (2010)
• AIA D.C. Chapter Award for Merit & Presidential Citation for Sustainable Design (2010)
• Top 10 Buildings in Washington, D.C., Urban Land Institute (2010)
• National Association of Contractors and Builders Proclamation Award (2010)
• Developers and Builders Alliance Community Advancement Award, Best Developments of the Year, USA & Canada (2010)
• One of the top buildings of 2010, Named by Wall Street Journal (Dec. 2010)

William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library
• AIA D.C. Chapter Award of Merit in Architecture (2012)
• American Institute of Potomac Valley Design Award, Institutional Category (2012)

and in Other DC Public Library News…

Council member looks to extend library hours in District (via Washington Post)

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