In 2020, Fairfax County voters approved a Library bond referendum for the renovation, and upgrades to four community and regional libraries including Patrick Henry Community Library. Patrick Henry Library is one of the busiest community libraries, operating at the level of a small regional library. The library was constructed in 1971 and renovated in 1995. The building systems and infrastructure are well beyond the end of their life cycle, and the layout of the library does not meet the current and future needs of the library. The existing site includes 62 surface parking spaces. Based on a traffic study and parking analysis conducted to accommodate the current and future needs of the library, the number of parking spaces need to be increased to 125. The Town of Vienna has identified a need for additional public parking downtown. The Town and County are currently under a joint development agreement that includes public parking in addition to Library parking.
Replacement of the existing Patrick Henry Library with an approximately 19,000 SF one-story library and a 209-space four-level parking structure on the existing site. The proposed facility will include a state-of-the-art library space that will support the current and future programmatic needs of the library users and staff, an outdoor reading and gathering space, and a flexible community space that will be open during and after library business hours. The garage will provide 125 parking spaces for the library users and staff, and additional 84 parking spaces for the public. The project has a goal to achieve a minimum LEED Gold certification, 50% energy reduction over current ASHRAE standards, Net Zero energy design and will utilize all electrical systems and equipment. The project includes Photovoltaic (PV) panel system and Geothermal heating and cooling to offset the need for off-site energy and to achieve Net Zero design.
The project is located at the prominent corner of Maple Avenue and Center Street (101 Maple Avenue, Vienna, Virginia), with a bus stop along the frontage of the library along Maple Avenue. The site is surrounded by retail properties on the Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest. Vienna Elementary School is located immediately Southeast of the site.
Currently, the project is in the Design phase.
The PHL is one of the busiest community libraries and operates at a small regional library level. The proposed library and garage building will provide state-of-the-art upgrades to meet the current and future library needs. The project will also provide an outdoor gathering place for the community.
The project is aiming to achieve Net Zero energy by employing various environmentally sustainable strategies such as on-site renewable energy through geothermal heating and cooling, photovoltaic panels, skylights in the main library space, and enhanced building envelop for energy efficiency.
Through the partnership with the Town of Vienna, the project will provide for 84 public and commuter parking spaces for residents and visitors. The addition of the commuter parking will encourage use of public transportation and contribute towards reduction of traffic.
The design of the facility will continue through summer of 2024. The project is scheduled to be advertised for construction bids by the end of summer of 2024. Construction is scheduled to begin in fall of 2024 with occupancy in fall of 2026.
What to Expect
The existing library building will be closed 4-6 months prior to the commencement of construction to allow the library assets to be moved out of the facility. Fairfax County Public Libraries (FCPL) will provide a temporary library facility with limited service during the permanent PHL facility’s closure. Details of the location and service will be provided to the public.
Project Cost and Funding Source
Funding for the Patrick Henry Library was approved in the 2020 Library Bond Referendum for $23 million. The Town of Vienna, through a Design and Construction Agreement with Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will provide up to $5.05 million for their share of the project costs.
Presentations to the Community
To date, Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services (DPWES) has provided the following presentations to the community and to the Vienna Town Council:
June 13, 2022 – Preliminary Concept Design Options presentation to the Vienna Town Council
July 27, 2022 – Project update to the Town Council including responses to Community questions.
September 1, 2022 – Project façade design presentation to the Vienna Board of Architectural Review.
September 12, 2022 – Project design presentation, incorporating the Town of Vienna Board of Architectural Review (BAR) recommendations to the Town Council, received Town Council vote on continuing with partnership.
October 10, 2022 –Project update to the Fairfax Libraries Board of Trustees.
November 30, 2022 – Second work session with BAR.
June 28, 2023 – Project design presentation at the Liberty and Libraries event