Credit: Courtesy of Enoch Pratt

Enoch Pratt Free Library

BBB’s renovation of the Enoch Pratt Free Library integrates state-of-the-art digital technology and mechanical systems while preserving the character of the beloved historic main branch of the Maryland State Library system.

The past two decades have brought about significant changes in the types of services libraries provide and the role they play in civic life. The program for the revitalized Enoch Pratt Free Library prioritizes collaboration, creative learning, and participation in the creation of content. The historic and grand Central Hall will be converted into a multi-purpose presentation space for both public events and as a private rental venue. The project includes a teen center featuring a reading and study room, classrooms, and a multi-purpose creative center. State-of-the art audio visual equipment and a career center with classrooms and studios for training adults will be constructed within historically significant reading rooms. In addition to the renovation of the public reading rooms, all staff areas will be reconfigured and renovated.

The renovation of this Art Deco masterpiece completed in 1933 includes the replacement of MEP and life safety systems, and restoration of historic lighting and decorative finishes. The exterior scope includes replacement of the roof and restoration of the facade and windows. The construction project will be completed in phases with the building continuously occupied and operational. BBB is serving as Lead Architect with Ayers Saint Gross as Managing Architect.

 

Client

Enoch Pratt Free Library; Maryland Department of General Services

Location

Baltimore, MD

Size

300,000 SF

Completed

Targeted 2019

Construction Cost

$87 million

Certification

Targeted LEED Silver

People

AIA, LEED Green Associate
Associate
AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Senior Associate
AIA, LEED AP
Partner