The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System’s
Fabulous New Construction and Award Winning Renovations
By Associate Director Michael Gannon and Donna Scott-Martin
New Construction: South Bowie Branch Library
With an expected grand opening in late September, our new South Bowie Branch Library is nothing less than magnificent. The center of attraction at Hall Station, this two-story library building is located at 15301 Hall Road in Bowie, Maryland. The first floor will have a children’s area with a life-size tree in full bloom as its focal point. An interactive early literacy activity area will also be in the children’s section. You may just want to settle down in front of the cozy fireplace this winter in the welcoming “living room,” designed to provide a comfortable environment to enhance your reading pleasure. Also on the ground level will be a quiet study room and six group study rooms with one allocated just for teens. The upper level will include public meeting rooms, a few with dramatic views of the adult area below. Also on the second floor will be the staff area and a conference room. Amenities include: a café with vending machines, a publishing center, a computer training lab, 50 computers, Wi-Fi, and iPads.
Award Winning Renovations: Spaulding Branch Library
Our Spauldings Branch Library 2011 Renovation Project was selected for the American Libraries’ Library Design Showcase 2012 in the Small Projects, Big Impact category. This section of the Showcase includes projects under $1 million that have a significant, beneficial impact on their libraries. The Spauldings Branch renovation greatly expanded the children’s area, creating a programming room with a façade barn and child-size entrance. “The new Children’s space is created to give children the feeling of being on a farm, “ said Michael Gannon, Associate Director of Support Services for the Library System. “The barn has double doors for entry in and out of the room and bookshelves that resemble picket fences and a grain silo.” The renovation cost $867,000 and covered an area of 23,600 square feet. Additional renovation features include: slat walls on the Wi-Fi bar and in the teen zone for marketing displays, energy-efficient lighting upgrades and more computers for children and adults. This project also served to insure that the branch was Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant. The architects for this award winning renovation project are Gant Brunnett Architects.
Current Renovations: Hillcrest Heights Branch
The Hillcrest Heights Branch renovation started in January 2012 and is expected to be completed by late July 2012. Highlights of this renovation project include: 61 public computers, ADA upgrades to the restroom and entrance, a group study room, a wireless laptop area, a circus-themed children’s area with interactive early literacy computers, new windows, paint and carpet.
The renovation project was 9,466 square feet and cost approximately $700,000. The date of the celebration of the Hillcrest Heights Grand Re-Opening will be available on our website, www.pgcmls.info, soon.
Largo-Kettering Branch (2009)
The Largo-Kettering Branch children’s area was relocated and expanded. As with all the recent renovations, the children’s area has its own unique theme: Underwater. Other renovation features include: the creation of one central information services desk, two quiet study rooms and a Wi-Fi café. Also, the rest rooms were upgraded and interior painting completed. Security has been enhanced with the installation of a digital video surveillance system. This renovation project was 25,500 square feet and cost approximately $300,000.
Greenbelt Branch (2010)
The Greenbelt Branch Library, built in 1970, underwent extension renovation at a cost of $640,000. Half of funding was provided by the County Library Capital Grant Program, Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Library Development and Services.
New features include an ADA-compliant central customer service desk, energy efficient lighting, remodeled study spaces on the main and ground floors, an enhanced children’s area with zoo theme and new furnishings, Teen Zone, Express Check-Out machine and 32 public access computers. The branch celebrated its Grand Re-Opening and 40thAnniversary at the same time at the conclusion of the renovation project.
Our Fairmount Heights and Glenarden Branch Libraries are scheduled for renovations later this year.
About the Renovations
Michael Gannon, Associate Director of Support Services, has the oversight for all Library renovations system-wide. One major focus of these renovations projects is to insure that all library facilities are ADA compliant. The creation of thematic children’s areas makes the Library more attractive to kids. The creativity of the Spaulding Branch Library’s children’s area led to a national design award. All the renovation projects created jobs within Prince George’s County, thereby stimulating our local economy. Significant funding provided by the County Library Capital Grant Program, Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Library Development and Services for the Greenbelt, Largo-Kettering, and Spauldings branch renovations.