Grimm & Parker Logo

HCLS Miller Branch + Historical Center

Ellicott City, Maryland


Howard County Government and Howard County Library System


63,000 sf




New Construction


Outdoor Community Teaching Garden

Celebrating Ellicott City’s rich agricultural history and emerging technology, Charles E. Miller Branch + Historical Center incorporates historic motifs and abundant technological resources to provide visitors with an inspiring experience.

An energy dashboard educates visitors on the building’s sustainable elements. In addition to the terrace which overlooks the library’s green roof, the site also features the Enchanted Garden, a planted outdoor learning area that facilitates nutritional education and promotes a sustainable lifestyle.

The Stone Wall Viaduct

A stone wall, reminiscent of the County’s viaduct and Ellicott City, welcomes and guides visitors into and through the library. The abundant transparency along the Frederick Road facade invites the community to join the activities inside. Throughout the library, visitors feel connected to the natural landscape while enriching their lives in the quest for knowledge.


Wintergreen Award

USGBC Maryland

1st Place New Commercial Building

ASHRAE Region 3