Staff from the Boston Public Library, Tappe Architects, and the City of Boston Property and Construction Management department met with about 25 community members at the Faneuil Branch on December 18 for the second of four community meetings related to the programming study for the branch. Jeff Hoover of Tappe Architects presented the existing conditions report, then had the crowd break into three working groups to review the challenges and come up with potential solutions for the welcome zone and circulation, children and teens, and adult services areas. The existing conditions draft report and draft programming document can be found via the branch capital projects section of this website. The next community meeting will be held later this winter.
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On November 12, approximately 40 community members, Boston Public Library staff members, and project managers and architects from Utile, Inc. gathered at the Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library for the fourth community meeting related to the renovation of the 112 year-old building.
Some changes since the last presentation include moving the tween nook under the mezzanine, moving the maker space adjacent to the staff workroom, and shifting the lower level meeting room to accommodate a small conference room.
Review the design progress and changes in floor plans and ideas over the course of the project via the Branch Capital Projects page on this website. Below is a rendering of the Sedgwick Street entrance with the proposed reading porch shown at left. The grayed-out building behind the branch is Curtis Hall, which is shown for orientation purposes.
On September 11, 2014, BPL staff, City of Boston Property and Construction Management staff, and Tappe Architects met with about 30 community members to launch the programming study for the Faneuil Branch of the Boston Public Library.
A programming study is the first step in determining branch improvements and includes a detailed analysis of collections, technology, seating, staff spaces, and mechanical needs.
Find additional information on the branch capital projects page here such as meeting notes copies of the presentations.
The third community meeting regarding the renovation of the Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library was held on August 4.
About 45 community members joined Utile, Inc. as they outlined proposed options for the addition and renovation of the 103 year-old building.
Full meeting notes and the presentation can be found here.
The next community meeting will be held in the fall where further developments of the plan will be presented.
Since March, the Library has been working on the small conference room at the Dudley Branch of the Boston Public Library. New paint, carpet, white board, and picture rails were installed. Chairs from the former East Boston branch replaced the well-worn chairs, and the conference table was refinished. The Friends have already begun to hang art in the room making it a joyful, welcoming and comfortable space for small group meetings.
A special thank you goes to the carpenters, laborers, painters, staff at the branch and custodians for additional assistance to help make the place feel clean, welcoming, and refreshed.