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Central Library Renovation: Phase 1 Overview

by David Leonard

Now well into the second month of 2014, we are in the process of sharing updates on key components of the current design. This post is an overall project update on plans to improve the public spaces in the Johnson Building, still currently planned as spanning at least two phases.

A view of mobilization activity on the Blagden Street side of the Central Library in Copley Square.

A view of mobilization activity on the Blagden Street side of the Central Library in Copley Square.

The construction manager/general contractor firm Consigli was selected and began work in December 2013. Phase 1 architectural designs were completed and given final reviews in January 2014. Current activities on the second floor of the Johnson Building are in the abatement and demolition phase.

Library staff are working with teams from William Rawn Associates Architects and the City of Boston Property and Construction Management staff on finalizing interior design choices for Phase 1. Some of the finalization is focused on furniture and finishes including appropriate re-use of existing furniture and shelving.

Phase 1 is on track to be completed at the end of the calendar year or early 2015. It will feature a new Children’s Library, Teen Central space, updated nonfiction collections, reference services along with reading, study, and general seating areas. Download the project fact sheet (PDF) to learn more.

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