Wheaton Library and Recreation Center

Funding/Expenditure Schedule: APPROVED

Project Team

Engineer

Grimm + Parker
11720 Beltsville Drive,
Suite 600
Calverton, MD 20705
301-595-1000

Contractor

TBD

Montgomery County Government

Department of General Services

Project Manager

Anjali Gulati
240-777-6061

Section Chief

Randall Hawkins
240-777-6099

Current Phase:Construction completed September 2019

Building opened to public in September 2019. Contractor is in process of finishing the punch list items.

Current Images

This facility combines a new Wheaton Library and a new Wheaton Community Recreation Center in one building. This combined facility provides the community with a library and community recreation center that is equivalent to comparable libraries and recreation centers with similar service needs throughout the rest of the County. The project includes the combining of redundant spaces offered by both facilities, such as lobbies, meeting rooms, and restrooms, into shared spaces. The use of shared spaces has reduced the overall building size, which allowed for reuse of the existing site.

The site that is chosen for this facility is a combination of the existing two sites for the Wheaton Community Recreation Center and the Wheaton Library. Some of the site issues that were studied include impacts to the adjacent residential neighborhood by relocating existing roads and access, determining how storm water management can be provided, and preparing concept layouts for the building and parking on the new combined site.



Community Presentations and Meetings:

News Release Thursday, January 24, 2019
Kemp Mill Civic Association Presentation
This presentation was given to update the community on the progress of the Wheaton Library and Community Recreation Center.
Traffic Impact Study
This report has been prepared to identify any traffic impacts associated with the proposed Wheaton Library and Community Recreation Center.
M-NCPPC Planning Board Approval - Wheaton Library, Community Recreation Center and Neighborhood Park Mandatory Referral – October 15, 2015
Community Meeting - Monday, October 26, 2015 - 7:00 – 9:00 PM - Glenmont Exchange Inc.
Design update community meeting
Community Meeting - Monday, September 21, 2015 - 7:00 – 9:00 PM - Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad
Design update community meeting
April 13, 2015 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at the Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad ballroom
This meeting, sponsored by Public Libraries and the Department of General Services will update the community on the status of this project.
June 5, 2013 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at the Wheaton Library in Meeting Room 100
This first meeting will be a workshop where all in attendance will be discussing their visions, goals, challenges and concerns for the new development and the site.
June 24, 2013 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at the Wheaton Library in Meeting Room 100
During this meeting the design team presented concepts from the 1st meeting and continued the dialog to further develop the building and site design ideas and options.
October 24, 2012

Project Architectural Images

Site Plan
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Vicinity Map
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Lobby
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Furniture survey for new Wheaton Library

Montgomery County Public Libraries and the Department of General Services, Division of Building Design and Construction conducted an online survey from November 19th through December 17th, 2019 to solicit feedback from the Wheaton community about proposed library furniture selections for the new Wheaton Library. Furniture for the Library was selected keeping the results of the survey in consideration.

FAQ

1. How many books the new library will have compared to the old one?
The collection size in the new library is comparable to the collection size of the old library. The Capital Improvement Program budget for the new library/community recreation center includes $300,000 to purchase new materials for the library. In addition, the Library Department’s operating budget includes funds for the purchase of new titles. These materials have been purchased and are in the new library.
2. Compare the old space size with the new one, both for library and other purposes -- will there be more, or less space devoted to the book collections
The new library has approximately 5% more shelving than the old library. It features separate areas for children, teens, and adults. There are eight collaboration rooms, a program room for children, an area where patrons can use laptops and other mobile devices, study tables, computer tables, and lounge furniture for children, teens, and adults, two quiet study rooms, a media/maker space area, and a multipurpose room that is used for staff conferences and public programs. Library patrons are able to self-checkout materials on computers positioned throughout the building and receive service at information and circulation service points close to the front door. The book drop is accessible on the plaza drop off area near one of the three entrances to the building. ADA accessible parking spaces is available on the plaza and in the parking garage.
3. Could we get more detail about the recreational facilities, both indoor and outdoor?
The recreation component includes a large lobby with offices and front service counter, a game room, full size gymnasium, and a café space on the first floor along with restrooms and service areas. The second floor provides exercise and weight rooms, a walking track around the gymnasium, multiple activity rooms, a large social hall, a full service commercial style kitchen, a movement studio (dance/exercise), community lounge, and classrooms.
Adjacent exterior area, has an age appropriate playground along with grassy space, where large trees have been preserved to provide shade. This Park-owned space has parking to support public use of the park area, as well as the Library and Community Recreation Center.
A more complete description and civil/architectural drawings and renderings can be found on the Architectural Images Tab on this page and photographs of the completed library can be found on Status Tab-Current Images.
4. Exactly what and where public input can occur?
Several public meetings were conducted over the past three years in which the County invited community input. A public procurement was issued, construction contract awarded, and the facility was opened to public on September, 2019.
5. Exactly where are you in the process of rebuilding the library?
As stated above, facility was opened to public in September, 2019.
6. What percent complete in terms of design and construction/implementation?
Facility was opened to public in September, 2019.
Please view the Status Tab on this page for current project information
7. Is there going to be adequate parking at the new facility?
There is adequate parking for the visitors to the facility. There are 174 parking spaces in the garage and 70 surface parking spaces.
8. Is there going to be a pottery studio in the new facility?
Yes, there is a pottery studio at Wheaton. There is space and power for 3 kilns and 5 overhead cord reels which supplie power for a minimum of 5 pottery wheels. There is however room to add extra pottery wheels should class size and demand warrant it.