A New Chapter
Welcome to the project site of the new community building at 520 Virginia Drive in Fort Washington, PA, currently under renovation and slated to open in Spring 2020.
In 2017, Upper Dublin Township seized the opportunity to purchase and adaptively reuse a former corporate headquarters facility as a veritable community hub with a newly expanded Upper Dublin Public Library (UDPL) at its center. Certain to be a popular community destination, the facility boasts an existing 300-seat auditorium and café on the first floor and a two-story entry lobby and a "Great Hall" with naturally-lit clerestory on the second floor.
The first phase of the project, currently underway, includes construction of the new Library and improvements to the mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems. Currently, the UDPL is scheduled to relocate and open at 520 Virginia Drive in Spring 2020.
What's the Latest?
- June 2019: Interior demolition continued; designs submitted to Design Team for review & approval; permit documents submitted to Township for review & approval
- May 2019: Interior demolition began.
- April 9, 2019: The Upper Dublin Board of Commissioners awarded contracts to D’Huy Engineering, Inc., GKO Architects, and CM3 Building Solutions, Inc. to complete library design and for construction
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At the heart of this new community hub will be the Upper Dublin Public Library, newly designed to serve the rapidly-evolving needs of a 21st century community. This facility design recognizes the increasing value of public libraries as centers of knowledge and public spaces for connecting, convening, and collaborating. The new UDPL will contain:
- Expanded and browse-able book and media collections.
- Flexible learning spaces, well-equipped for quiet individual use, group collaboration, meetings and events.
- A children’s library, with developmentally-appropriate spaces, collections and programs designed to inspire a love of reading and learning.
- Expanded classes, lectures, performances, book groups and other opportunities for lifelong learners.
- Improved and enhanced STEAM Lab (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) for engaging in the Maker movement and building 21st century skills.
- Powerful virtual connections with a 20-workstation computer lab and robust Wi-Fi throughout the facility.
- 300-seat auditorium, which will be publicly available for lectures, musical performances, civic functions, business meetings, seminars and conferences.
- A café and additional meeting spaces, also available for various public uses and events.
Who is Doing the Renovations?