The expansive work to rebuild and modernize the city’s libraries continues to bring classy designs and prime architects to those institutions.
The DC Public Library announced Tuesday that the Woodridge Neighborhood Library is also getting an award-winning team for its replacement. Bing Thom Architects, the team that gave new life to the Arena Stage, and Weincek + Associates, the local firm that has done a number of libraries, schools and arts centers, have been selected by the library system.
The design phase for Woodridge is estimated to cost $1.48 million. The total cost is estimated at $16.5 million, according to the library.
Bing Thom, the Canadian-based firm, built the renovated Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. The firm has received many accolades for its work around the world, including the 2011 RAIC Gold Medal for Bing Thom. Woodridge is his first library in the United States.
Libraries, including the Francis Gregory and Washington Highlands libraries, have been one of Weincek’s concentrations. Led by Michael A. Weincek, Jr. the firm has designed the Cafritz Foundation Arts Center in Silver Spring, Chevy Chase Elementary in Chevy Chase, the KIPP DC:Will Academy in the District and Lakewood Elementary in Rockville.
“We have been fortunate to have talented and internationally recognized architects design libraries for the District,” said Ginnie Cooper, chief librarian of the D.C. Public Library system. “With this architect team, the District’s new libraries will continue to inspire people in the city’s neighborhoods as well as around the world.”