Mount Vernon – The Fred W. Smith National Library

Alexandria, Virginia

A 45,000-SF New Library for the Study of our First President

Set on 15 wooded acres, the new Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington is located across the street from Mount Vernon, Washington’s estate. The three-level library, commissioned by the Mount Vernon Ladies Association, features offices, meeting rooms, and spaces for special collections and rare volumes.  Two rare book rooms and a vault house more than 100 volumes owned by George and Martha Washington in elegant, climate-controlled spaces. Mueller Associates provided MEP design for the LEED®-Gold facility as well as a nearby 7,300-square-foot residence for visiting scholars.

Architect

Ayers Saint Gross

LEED Facts

Level: Gold
Type: LEED for New Construction
Status: Registered
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LEED® Facts

The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington

Alexandria, VA
LEED for New Construction
Registered

  • Category: 
    Sustainable Site
    Rating: 
    7 / 14
  • Category: 
    Water Efficiency
    Rating: 
    2 / 5
  • Category: 
    Energy & Atmosphere
    Rating: 
    7 / 17
  • Category: 
    Materials & Resources
    Rating: 
    4 / 13
  • Category: 
    Indoor Environmental Quality
    Rating: 
    10 / 15
  • Category: 
    Innovation & Design
    Rating: 
    3 / 5
  • Category: 
    GOLD
    Rating: 
    33*

“The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington”

IAMFA’s Papyrus magazine

“A Founding Father Gets His Own Library — At Last”

USA Today

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  • Our goal was to reflect George Washington’s ideals of character, order, balance, strength, precision, and elegance in the design. With the help of Mueller Associates, we were able to meet this goal.

    Adam Gross, FAIA
    Principal, Ayers Saint Gross
  • The jury felt the Fred W. Smith National Library was a well-crafted high-quality project…the design is stately yet comfortable in its bucolic setting. The library is a well-conceived project that honors the Washington legacy with a timeless and well-scaled building.

    AIA Maryland Design Awards Jury
  • The project exemplifies a balance among the dignified and historic, and a modern approach for providing for good light, a nice sequence of spaces, and relationship of courtyards. It is very grand and also shows humility, appropriately reflecting George Washington.

    AIABaltimore Design Awards Jury
  • Our goal was to reflect George Washington’s ideals of character, order, balance, strength, precision, and elegance in the design. With the help of Mueller Associates, we were able to meet this goal.

    Adam Gross, FAIA
    Principal, Ayers Saint Gross
  • The jury felt the Fred W. Smith National Library was a well-crafted high-quality project…the design is stately yet comfortable in its bucolic setting. The library is a well-conceived project that honors the Washington legacy with a timeless and well-scaled building.

    AIA Maryland Design Awards Jury
  • The project exemplifies a balance among the dignified and historic, and a modern approach for providing for good light, a nice sequence of spaces, and relationship of courtyards. It is very grand and also shows humility, appropriately reflecting George Washington.

    AIABaltimore Design Awards Jury