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Queens Central Library, Children’s Library Discovery Center

Jamaica, NY United States

1100 Architect


Project Description

The design and construction of the Children’s Library Discovery Center (CLDC) is the implementation of one of the first phases of 1100 Architect’s master plan for the renovation and modernization of the 275,000-square-foot Queens Central Library. The CLDC is a 22,000-square-foot, two-story addition adjacent to the existing Central Library building. The glowing glass façade is a beacon in the surrounding community and is elemental in increasing the library’s visibility and reintroducing it as a central cultural and social destination. Situated on a corner, the new addition takes advantage of its exposure to the street, creating a dialogue between the interior and exterior through the use of large transparent windows that allow an abundance of natural light to enter. The perimeter wall has been thickened to incorporate quiet reading nooks and intimate social spaces. This project is on track to receive a LEED Silver rating.


Project Details

Queens Central Library, Children’s Library Discovery Center
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Project Team:
    Juergen Riehm, FAIA, BDA, Principal-in-Charge; David Piscuskas, FAIA, LEED AP, Principal; Heather Braun, RA, Project Architect; Christine Harper, RA, Project Architect; Ersela Kripa, RA, Project Captain; Jessica Spiegel, AIA, LEED AP, Designer; Texer Nam, AIA, LEED AP, Designer; Chen-Whei Su, Designer; Joanna Chen, Designer; Sebastian Kaempf, LEED AP, Designer; Peter Heller, LEED AP, Designer
  • Thematic Sculptural Iconography, Environmental Graphics, and Way Finding Signage: Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership 
  • Structural Engineer: Robert Silman Associates 
  • MEP Engineer: Buro Happold Consulting Engineers 
  • Environmental and Lighting Consultant: Atelier Ten 
  • Library Consultant: Lushington Associates 
  • Cost Estimator: Stuart-Lynn Company 
  • Cost Estimator: Davis Langdon Company 
  • Expeditor: William Vitacco Associates 
  • Exhibition Design: Exploratorium 
  • Vertical Transport Systems: DTM 
  • Geotechnical Engineer: Pillori Associates, P.A. 
  • Civil Engineer: Matrix New World Engineering, Inc. 
  • Commissioning Agent: Horizon Engineering Associates, LLP 
  • Construction Manager: Hill International 


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