Louis Stokes Health Science Library
- Project Type:
- Facchina Construction of Florida
- Howard University
- Washington , DC
- Our Role:
- Construction Management
This project consisted of construction of the Louis Stokes Health Science Library in Washington D.C. During the design phase, which began in October of 1998, the team performed preconstruction phase services. We worked very closely with the architect to provide constructability reviews, value engineering recommendations, life cycle cost analyses, budgets and estimates at the various design stages. The team then negotiated a Guaranteed Maximum Price for the project. We provided full on-site project management and supervision of 30 pre-qualified subcontractors during the construction phase, which began in June of 1999. The Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library is a world-class research facility for healthcare professionals and is equipped with state-of-the-art telecommunication and audiovisual facilities. The 80,000 square foot building is sited to create a quadrangle fronted by the historic Old Freedman’s Hospital (now the C.B. Powell Building) to the north, the Nursing Allied Health building to the west and the new Health Sciences colonnade to the east. The quadrangle links the medical center complex to the main historic campus to the north.The exterior materials and architectural forms make reference to the original Albert Cassell campus of the 1930’s, yet these forms are reinterpreted to accommodate the program and image of the 21st century library by using brick and bluestone arches, panel domes and window frames made of steel.The library has the capacity to hold over 300,000 volumes, periodicals and electronically formatted material. A total of 630 individual student locations are wired for power and data in the Louis Stokes library along with a number of flexible presentation rooms, distance learning labs, a telemedicine room and an exhibit gallery which displays archival material from the University. The facility is located between Bryant and W Streets, NW, Washington, DC, and supports the world-renowned medical school at Howard University.