As the design architect, in collaboration with Whitman Requardt and Associates, ABA partnered with library staff to refine a program that expands the library’s collection and activities while incorporating key features requested by the community, including an expanded children’s area, facilities for the study of English as a Second Language, and counseling for recent immigrants. The Gaithersburg Public Library serves one of the country’s fastest-growing and diverse populations.
The redesign economically deployed the library's viable systems and reused its steel structure, replacing areas incapable of supporting a new second level. Clear way finding and visual connectivity drove the building reorganization. The library program, located entirely on the first floor, is centered on an atrium "main street" linking major functions. Entering the building, patrons see at a glance all major departments. Wide pathways and low shelving-height open views throughout the library. Color-coded way finding guides users to their destinations.