Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library

The Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library opened in 2010 as one in a series of DC Public Library construction and improvement projects. The modern, three-level library was hailed by The Wall Street Journal as one of the “best architectural projects of 2010.”

The 25,000 SF building is comprised of three-levels, one below grade and two above. The library’s lower level is used for community programs with a 100-person multi-purpose room as well as several smaller meeting rooms. The upper floors house the library’s collections which include children’s, adult and reference sections. Computer stations with access to the electronic catalog and online resources are dispersed throughout these areas.

The Forrester Construction Shaw Library project is a LEED™ Gold certified facility that makes extensive use of sustainable technologies and recycled and renewable materials.

Project Location:

Washington, DC


Davis Brody Bond Aedas


25,000 SF


15 months


LEED™ Gold

  • Associated General Contractors Washington Contractor Award
  • NAIOP DC | MD Award of Excellence
  • ENR Mid-Atlantic Construction Award
  • AIA Washington DC Design Awards
  • Urban Land Institute, Top 10 Buildings in Washington DC
  • Developers and Builders Alliance Community Advancement Award, Best Developments of the Year, USA & Canada