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Elkridge Library + DIY Education Center, And Senior Plus Center

Elkridge, Maryland

client

Howard County: Library System, Office on Aging + Independence, and Gov.

size

45,000 sf

certification

LEED Gold

type

New Construction

This bright and active library embraces the natural history of Elkridge. Immediately upon entry, library-goers find respite in the Spiny DogFish Café, where patrons can fuel up on coffee, an array of beverages, and snacks. This vibrant aquamarine theme pays homage to Maryland’s 39-mile long Patapsco River,

The Senior Activity Center

The day starts early in the 50+ Senior Activity Center. Packed with programming, this accessible space serves as a venue for active adults to interact and make new connections with those in their community. Visitors can enjoy a wide range of activities such as fitness and wellness classes, nutritional counseling, and caregiver support services.

The most unique aspect of the new library’s expanded collection is the DIY Education Center. This tool lending library is the most extensive of its kind in the state of Maryland. Crafters can take a class or borrow an array of tools, including building, baking, and gardening equipment.

Wellness + Water

Mimicking the soothing sounds and movements of nature, the indoor water feature wall helps visitors unwind as they spend time in the library. 

The team from G+P renovated and expanded a drab and dated library structure and truly fulfilled their promise to create a visible “beacon on Route One” for the Elkridge community. Our square footage doubled, and the bright open interior capitalizes on natural light, creating a wonderful open public space.

Branch Manager, Elkridge + DIY Education Center

Closing Thoughts

The overwhelmingly warm embrace of this new community space strongly demonstrates that if you build it, they will come.

Awards

Wintergreen Award

U.S. Green Building Council