• 5101 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20016

DCPL – Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library

JVP Engineers provided Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, & Fire Protection engineering design services for the new construction of this new three–story, 22,000 square foot library for the District of Columbia Public Library Commission.

The library provides inviting spaces for services to adults & children and has multiple meeting spaces for the community to use. The library features separate reading areas for adults, teens and children; a children’s program room; space for 80,000 books, DVDs, CDs and other library materials; 32 public access computers with free Wi-Fi Internet access; comfortable seating for 200 customers; large program room for up to 100 people; two 12-person conference rooms; and a vending area.

JVP Engineers conducted a study of different alternatives to select the most adequate systems for the library facilities, including considerations for energy savings. The concept & design for this project achieved a LEED Gold certification. Services also included design development phases, preparation of biddable and permitable construction documents packages, value engineering, obtained necessary building permits and approvals from the US Commission on Fine Arts, National Capital Planning Commission. In addition to these services, JVP Engineers provided limited construction administration and project close-out services.

This facility has won several awards to date and has been featured in various periodicals.


Construction date: 2010
Location: Washington, DC
Value: $14 million