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October 2, 2018

Contact: Donna Scott-Martin

301-699-3500, x6152

Laurel Branch Library Wins Public Building of the Year 2018 AIA Maryland Excellence in Design Award


Laurel branch


Laurel, MD – Prince George’s County Memorial Library System’s Laurel Branch, designed by Grimm + Parker Architects, wins AIA Maryland’s highest award: Public Building of the Year. The Maryland Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) held its 2018 Excellence in Design Awards celebration at the U.S. Naval Academy Stadium in Annapolis, MD on September 27, 2018. “We are so proud of Grimm + Parker for winning yet another award for our spectacular library building. It is now the most heavily used branch in our County Library System, and the design has certainly contributed to its popularity,” said Michael B. Gannon, the Library’s Interim Co-Chief Executive Officer. Click here to enjoy a video about the Laurel Branch Library with Melanie Hennigan, President Grimm + Parker Architects and Interim Co-CEO Michael Gannon.

Imaginative uses of the Laurel Branch Library building’s 32-thousand square feet of interior space include a replica paleontological dig site in the floor of the children’s area, dinosaur seating, public art pieces by local artists, a café with vending machines and study, meeting and conference rooms. The library’s self-explanatory layout and logical flow patterns, reduces the need for signage.

Capturing the history of this Laurel community with deep African American roots, the textured stone, dynamic lines and bold forms were incorporated into the design. The landscape of the library’s grounds showcases cherry trees, oak trees and drought-resistant plants. The Laurel Branch Library's green features include: roof mounted solar panels, electric car charging stations, stormwater management, filtered water fountains, energy efficient lighting and a living plant wall.

About Prince George’s County Memorial Library System
The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS), consisting of 19 branches, offers strategies for lifelong learning. Skills development library resources include: Rosetta Stone Library Solution,, Brainfuse’s HelpNow and JobNow, ArtistWorks for Libraries and Learning Express Library. Early literacy resources are: Ready 2 Read Centers, Ready 2 Read Backpacks, ABCmouse, AWE Early Literacy Stations, Beanstack, Playaway Launchpads and PebbleGo. All these services are free with your PGCMLS library card. Also, enjoy Minecraft, 3D printing, DREAM (Digital Resources for Electronic Applications in Media) lab, chess clubs and MAC (Manga and Anime Clubs) free at your library. Engage with us on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube. Check out our mobile apps! Learn more about what your Library has to offer at


About Grimm + Parker
At Grimm + Parker our mission statement is creating together: meaningful architecture + client success. We’re a diverse group of architects and designers who aspire to make our communities wonderful places to live, learn and play. As community architects, we seek to give meaning to the buildings and spaces that shape our lives. Our purpose is to serve our clients and their neighborhoods through the design of schools, libraries, mixed-use developments, multi-family residential spaces, and a wide array of cultural and civic buildings. The buildings we create serve a meaningful purpose and give back to their communities for years to come.