Architecture teams to present King library designs Feb. 15

Three architectural teams will present design proposals for the renovation of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW, at 10 a.m. Feb. 15 in the library’s Great Hall.

The D.C. Public Library announced in late December that three teams — Mecanoo/Martinez + Johnson Architecture, Patkau Architects/Ayers Saint Gross with Krueck +Sexton, and STUDIOS Architecture/Freelon Group — had been chosen as finalists in the renovation. The Feb. 15 meeting with the library review board will be the first public presentation of their proposals.

The library system is also seeking public feedback about the uses for a renovated central library. To participate in a focus group, e-mail

The King library building, designed by modernist architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, was designated a historic landmark in 2007.

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Howard University opens medical Simulation Center

Howard University Health Sciences recently opened a $5 million virtual medical training facility. The Simulation Center, a 6,000-square-foot facility, is modeled on a hospital environment, with five high-tech patient simulators that generate pulses and other vital signs. The space includes an operating room, an intensive care/emergency room and a surgical training suite. Undergraduate students will be able to practice medical procedures and make the type of decisions that interns, residents and emergency room physicians typically face.

The space is intended to complement the school’s Clinical Skills Center, a training facility that opened in May 2010. That facility was designed with 10 examination rooms and an observation room to enable faculty to provide immediate feedback for medical students.

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D.C. Water offers repayment for sewer valve installation

The utility D.C. Water is offering reimbursements of up to $6,000 to residents in the greater Bloomingdale and LeDroit Park drainage areas who install a backwater valve to prevent sewer backups.

Backwater valves are positioned on a sewer lateral that connects the building to the public sewer in the street. A properly installed valve allows flow to go in only one direction — out. This prevents wastewater from entering the building during backups caused by storms.

Previously, the program covered the costs of a backwater valve up to $3,000 for those affected by the four heavy rainstorms in 2012. Property owners who haven’t taken part in the program but had a documented backup in 2012, or live in an affected area, are eligible for a reimbursement of up to $6000. Residents who have already been reimbursed could be eligible for an additional rebate.

For information on eligibility, call 202-787-2003.

Free Spanish legal clinic on small businesses

The D.C. Bar pro bono program is hosting a free Spanish language and bilingual legal clinic for aspiring or existing small-business owners to meet with lawyers from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Office on Latino Affairs, Reeves Municipal Building, 2000 14th St. NW.

For information, call 202-737-4700, Ext. 3369, or go to

D.C. students to attend Senate youth program

Maria “Manuela” Bayon, a senior at Woodrow Wilson High School, and Malachi Byrd, a senior at Cesar Chavez Public Charter School for Public Policy, have been chosen as delegates to the 52nd annual United States Senate Youth Program.

The conference, from March 8 to 15, brings high school students — two from each state and the District — to the District for a week-long study of the federal government. Student delegates attend meetings and briefings with senators and congressional staff members, the president, a Supreme Court justice, Cabinet agency leaders, a foreign ambassador and members of the national media. Each delegate receives a $5,000 college scholarship from the Hearst Foundations.

Camilo Rivera from Lab School of Washington and Daniel Spruill from Friendship Collegiate Academy Public Charter School were chosen as alternate delegates.

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— Compiled by Terence McArdle