With an architectural vernacular that features a contemporary interpretation of classical elements on an otherwise traditional architectural envelope, the Consolidated Library Education Center (LEC) includes large window walls to provide visual access from most of the library reading and stack areas to the outdoors, allowing for beautiful views and natural lighting. Historic elements, in keeping with the Andrews AFB Design Guide, include brick and custom stone banding as well as pitched standing seam metal roofs. The concept sub-area direction of the LEC centers around a main street pedestrian mall concept developed by the Base and referred to as the Strategic Development Plan, 2006.
The LEC will be composed of a one-story library separated by an entry foyer from a two-story education facility. The dual entry was designed to support the perception of a primary entry facade on both the pedestrian main street mall side of the building and the user parking lot located on the opposite side of the building.
Included in the Library area is space for storing and issuing books, pamphlets, periodicals, newspapers, maps and records, and also for public use computers and a reading/study area. Education, interaction areas, administrative areas, and support areas are included in the Education Center. The 56,963 SF facility can be used by other components on an “as available” basis.