Project Highlights

Gaithersburg Library will reopen on January 4, 2014. Partial funding for this project was provided by the County Library Capital Grant Program, Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Library Development and Services.

Renovation Project Background 

The contract for the renovation of the Gaithersburg Library has been awarded to Henley Construction Company, Inc. of Gaithersburg. According to the company’s website, Henley Construction Company, Inc. has a portfolio featuring numerous schools, office buildings, complexes, nursing homes, warehouses, libraries and restaurants. The company was founded in 1964 and was the construction contractor for the original Gaithersburg Library. See the press release.

The major renovation project will expand the 33,700 square-foot structure by adding 22,200 square feet on the main level along the front, back, and sides and 7,900 square feet on a partial second floor that will hold the meeting rooms, mechanical rooms, storage and a satellite office of the Gilchrist Center.

Gaithersburg Interim Branch

The Gaithersburg Interim Branch at Lakeforest Mall, which opened in December 2010, closes its doors on October 31, 2013, in preparation for the library's reopening. 


  1. I do not understand that, since the library building faces South, they did not install solar panels.

    1. The Library Department has referred your question to the Department of General Services, Building Design and Construction section. This is the Department of County government that oversees the design and construction of all County facilities and can most accurately respond to your comment about solar panels at the Gaithersburg Library.

    2. The Gaithersburg Library is the County’s first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Library and represents the County’s commitment to sustainable construction and operations. When developing the design of this sustainable building, the Department of General Services (DGS) worked to leverage the maximum sustainable benefits in the most economical manner possible.

      An analysis, during design, for the use of the photovoltaic (PV) solar panels as part of the original construction, provided a pay back period of approximately 27 years. The reason for this long pay back period is that the County does not enjoy the benefits of the various tax code provisions and credits and other financial benefits that would lead to the direct economic purchase and operation of the PV panels. Therefore, the County invested in other forms of sustainable construction as part of the base construction of the library.

      Though a LEED Gold award was achieved for the Gaithersburg Library, DGS believes that the County needs to look forward and find ways to capture opportunities to increase sustainable construction and operations. Therefore, DGS is seeking a Request for Energy Proposal (RFEP) to establish Public-Private Partnership (P3) opportunities to have private companies to place PV panels on multiple County facilities, including the Gaithersburg Library, depending on feasibility.

      Under this arrangement, the private entities would then own, maintain, and, if necessary, replace, the PV panels, for which the County will then buy the renewable power for a fixed fee basis per kilowatt hour. This P3 approach allows the County, in these times of fiscal constraints, to maximize sustainable building and provide fiscally responsible and predictable use of County financial resources.

      The responses to the RFEP are due shortly, and the roll out of the renewable energy program will occur over the next year, with the signing of the P3 contracts, the design, and then the installation of the systems.

      DGS anticipates using the P3 approach more broadly in the future to expand clean energy use in County facilities (e.g., solar water heating).

      We hope this helps you to understand the approach DGS took to sustainable construction, the use of renewable energy, and the fiscal responsibility practiced by the Department. Thank you for your interest in the newly renovated Gaithersburg Library and renewable energy.

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