Elkridge Library Project
The newly expanded Elkridge Branch of the Howard County Library System was completed in 2018 and provides the community with a much needed center for social, educational and activity-based functions. Grimm and Parker Architects drew upon historical and geographical references to design a facility accessible to constituents of all ages.
The exterior of the building is an open and inviting structure of stone and glass that invites passersby to appreciate the transition between green landscape and building mass, as well as get a glimpse into the interior. Inter-lux/Filix products are used to illuminate the facade, act as wayfinding and provide illuminated barriers in the drive-through.
The architect took advantage of color and performance uniformity found in Inter-lux/Whitegoods and Inter-lux/ALM linears, rings and downlights to develop a language of light that could be used not only to illuminate, but to define different areas of the library's interior. By using Inter-lux products in both the exterior and interior, they avoided the color rendering disparity often found when utilizing different manufacturers’ products in adjacent areas.
The sculptural quality of the X-patterned lighting references the railroad that once serviced Elkridge. It was replicated in the children’s area by using Inter-lux/Whitegoods linears with a custom shroud. ALM Rings and Aura pendants with dimming are used in the high-ceiling multi-activity spaces.
In March of 2019, The Elkridge Library and 50+ Center won a Community Champion sustainability award from the U.S Green Building Council Maryland.