From the Washington Business Journal:
The D.C. Public Library kicks off its search Wednesday for an architect to design a “new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library,” likely to look, from the outside, very much like the old MLK Library — just taller.
The library system will issue a request for qualifications for an architectural firm to draw up detailed plans for a modern library with a mixed-use addition. The challenge, per the RFQ: Respect the existing building’s architectural significance, design a library that engages residents and encourages learning, and provides viable mixed-use components in anticipation of a future public-private partnership.
The District has spent nearly $200 million since 2007 to renovate or rebuild 17 neighborhood library branches. Several of those projects have earned national architectural acclaim, and the library “expects to carry on that same design excellence when it comes to the renovation the MLK Jr. Library.”
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Note: The RFQ along with four attachments are also available here.