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Central Library Renovation Lighting in Johnson Building

Posted on August 17th, 2015 by admin in Johnson Building Study

IMG_5284The BPL is very mindful of the needs of all of its users, of all ages, students, children, laptop users, researchers, and those who are visually impaired. The importance of quality illumination is a cornerstone in the Central Library Renovation project. The quantity of lighting in these spaces meets or exceeds library lighting standards and is significantly brighter than the original lighting design. The new design has increased daylight, more overall ambient lighting, and more task lighting at desk areas to satisfy the range of user reading requirements.

By changing the original tinted glass windows to clear glass, natural lighting is increased, adding significant brightness to the perimeter areas. Reading areas have been placed to take advantage of this increase in natural light. In addition, a major reading area lines the edges of the skylit Deferrari Hall. The new interior wall finishes are illuminated to balance contrast and add brightness. The new light fixtures have a higher efficiency to maximize the amount of electric light permitted by the energy code. The result is higher general lighting throughout. In addition, a generous number of task lights have been installed specifically to address the needs of users who require higher localized lighting.

Other important factors that contribute to the quality of illumination include glare control and the color rendering of the light sources. The new light fixtures provide much greater glare control, which improves visual comfort, making the reading areas a more pleasant environment. The new light sources have improved color rendering so that colors appear more true to users expectations. The overall result is a space that is comfortable, cheerful, and provides a range of study conditions to satisfy the full range of the Boston Public Library’s patrons.

Scaffolding in Deferrari Hall

Posted on August 5th, 2015 by BPL News in Johnson Building Study, Major Projects

IMG_0318Contractors are installing scaffolding in Deferrari Hall in the Central Library’s Johnson building in conjunction with the Central Library Renovation. The scaffolding, running 80 feet high, is required for access to repair plaster around skylights and to replace light fixtures in the ceiling. Following the two week installation period taking place at night, the scaffolding will remain in place through November. The pathways to the stairs and the elevator will remain open to public access. Please email with any questions about the Central Library Renovation and follow the Compass blog for updates.

Central Library Retail Space – Request for Proposals deadline extended

Posted on May 26th, 2015 by Ellen Donaghey in Johnson Building Study, Library Services, Major Projects

The Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Johnson building retail space was published on March 16. The deadline for responses has been extended to July 22, 2015.

Anyone interested in receiving a copy of the RFP may copy Carl Lehto in the Business Office at 617-859-2364 or email

Central Library Retail Space – Request for Proposals available

Posted on April 3rd, 2015 by Christine Schonhart in Johnson Building Study, Library Services, Major Projects

The Request for Proposals for the Johnson building retail space was published on March 16. The RFP will be open for eight weeks, with bids due on May 11. Information was published in the Secretary of State’s Goods & Services Bullet and on the City’s website through the “City Record.”

To maximize public awareness of this retail opportunity, the Library is working with The Dartmouth Company, a commercial real estate company specializing in retail leasing, to market the space to potential retail partners. The Dartmouth Company is distributing the RFP to their extensive list of real estate brokers and are reaching out directly to specific organizations and retailers they believe may be in line with the vision for the space. Additionally, The Dartmouth Company has designed a temporary banner placed on the entrance of the Johnson building to bring attention to the project. Anyone interested in receiving a copy of the RFP may contact Carl Lehto or Ed Maheigan in the Business Office (617-859-2364)

Press Recap: Opening of Renovation Johnson 2nd Floor

Posted on March 20th, 2015 by Christine Schonhart in Johnson Building Study, Library Services, Major Projects

The residents of Boston and visitors from around the world got the first look at the BPL’s new second floor in late February, which features a new children’s library, teen area, nonfiction collection, reference services, and a community reading area.

“The opening of the Central Library’s renovated second floor is an exciting preview of what will be a world-class renovation of one of Boston’s cultural gems,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “Libraries are places of opportunity and people of all ages will enjoy the books and programs as well as the family-friendly, state-of-the-art space in Copley Square.”

Read WBUR’s coverage:  First Look Inside The Boston Library’s Astonishing, Colorful Renovation

 Read’s coverage: Children’s Library at BPL Expands, Along with Children’s Publishing

 Read Boston Business Journal’s coverage and view their photos: Take a Tour inside the Boston Public Library Renovations

 The second floor is just the beginning –   work on the second phase of the renovation is currently underway and scheduled for completion in the summer of 2016. It includes significant improvements to the first floor, mezzanine, lower level, and exterior of the Johnson building and will offer a new community learning center, updated lecture hall, the fiction collection, expanded technology, landscape improvements, and much more.