Cleveland Park Library annually ranks in the top three heaviest trafficked and circulating libraries in the district. The modest 18,000 sf building no longer met the needs of the community. The heavy usage of the site and a desire for more significant meeting spaces for the community are primary drivers for the design. Working with the District of Columbia Public Library, Perkins Eastman DC replaced the existing library with a new 27,000 sf building. The new building is designed with context and placemaking in mind as a gateway to the Cleveland Park community both inside and out with a new civic plaza, garden spaces, and a host of flexible meeting rooms throughout the building.