Howard County Library Breaks Ground
March 3, 2010
Video from the Groundbreaking
The new Charles E. Miller Branch Library and Historical Center in Ellicott City, MD recently broke ground before a crowd of more than 100 people and will begin construction in the spring.
The new 63,000 sf building will be located on an adjacent site to the existing Miller Branch and will connect to its predecessor to create a unified campus.
The new library, which is nearly three times the size of the existing library, will provide more area for a larger collection and more user friendly resources. It will host a café, a teen center, an expanded children's area, numerous computer zones, large indoor and outdoor meeting areas, a variety of study rooms, and a roof-top garden. This state-of-the-art facility will celebrate the rich history of the Patapsco River Valley and the local history of Ellicott City. Made of stone which beckons to the community's past and glass which looks forward to a sustainable future, the library design blends the old and new in a respectful and refreshing way. History will come alive at this new branch that will house an impressive climate-controlled Historic Center. History will be made as this branch library circulates more and more items in the County's first LEED library.
The new library will employ many sustainable features such as a green vegetative roof, the use of recycled materials, the use of natural daylight, and the conservation of energy and water throughout the design. Howard County requires all new buildings to be designed to achieve at least LEED Silver certification in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system as sponsored by the USGBC (United States Green Building Council). The new Branch and Historical Center are expected to be completed by December 2011. Grimm + Parker Architects is delighted to lead the design effort for this new and important library for Howard County Library and Howard County Government.