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John Marshall Library

Alexandria, VA

Fairfax County selected Bowie Gridley Architects to undertake a Feasibility Study/Concept Design for the renovation and expansion of the John Marshall Library in Alexandria, VA. In addition to traditional library services, this space is a vital community resource that provides access to information, meeting space and venues for community events. The library was constructed in 1975 and was in dire need of modernization. The design for the renovation celebrates John Marshall Library's role in the community by dramatically opening up the exterior of the building to showcase the interior spaces, and creating a new entrance that welcomes visitors.
The renovated building includes improved collections and seating areas, quiet and group study rooms, and expanded staff work areas. All HVAC, plumbing and electrical systems were completely redone to modern standards and all interior room finishes and furnishings were provided. The design features light-filled, extra-high spine that connects all the main functions of the building, and establishes a modern, welcoming feel along the street. The project achieved USGBC LEED Silver certification.