Tenley-Friendship Library

Located on Wisconsin Avenue in Northwest DC, Forrester Construction was contracted to build the Tenley-Friendship Library offers patrons access to free wi-fi, computers, conference rooms, quiet study areas, children’s programs and 80,000 books, CDs, DVDs and other library materials.

The completed library earned LEED™ Gold Certification thanks to sustainable features that resulted in a 27% improvement in energy efficiency. Sustainable elements include a vegetative green roof, high-efficiency lighting and HVAC systems, daylight harvesting, low-flow restroom fixtures and solar panels that harvest heat energy for hot water. Many of the building’s unique architectural elements are also sustainability features. For example, the library’s glass exterior floods reading spaces with natural light, while the building’s “fins”, which mimic the pages of a book, serve as light-filtering sunscreens.

Project Location:

Washington, DC


The Freelon Group


22,000 SF


13 months


LEED™ Gold

  • Washington Building Congress Craftsmanship Award
  • NAIOP DC | MD Award of Excellence
  • AIA | DC Design Award of Excellence