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DC Southwest Library

Washington, DC
  • Bldg system

    Mass Timber

  • No. Of Stories


  • Sq. footage


The new DC Southwest Library brings a sustainable and unique design to replace the previous outdated library. Needed by the community was a Library that could provide State of the Art Technology, a place for training education and work force development, and vitality. The Design Build Team engaged the community at many levels to obtain crucial feedback that informed and inspired the design solution.
Comprised of a mass timber structure, this innovative building involves such elements as a highly unique timber folded plate roof using Dowel Laminated Timber. Supporting the steel and timber lateral system were glulam beams and columns with detailed timber-to-steel connections. The Library achieved LEED Platinum Status, implementing sustainable strategies such as regionally sourced material, solar panels on the green roof, and timber throughout.

  • Construction Cost:

    $18 Million

  • Construction Type:


  • Building Type:

    Civic (Recreational)

  • Material Types:

    Mass Timber, Dowel-Laminated Timber (DLT), Glue-Laminated Timber (GLT or glulam), Hybrid (wood with steel or concrete)

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