Posted on October 2nd, 2015 by BPL News in Central Library Renovation, Major Projects
Window installation is underway on the first floor of the Boston Public Library’s Johnson Building in Copley Square, a major construction milestone in the Central Library Renovation. The seven soaring windows on Boylston, Exeter, and Blagden Streets, measure 19 feet high by 55 feet wide, and replace thick window panes that were tinted and obscured by granite screens and landscaping. The new window glass is ultra-clear for maximum transparency and will allow views both into the library and out onto the street that were never possible in the original building design. The addition of these windows will improve the visitor’s first impression to the Central Library, re-energizing the building’s connection to the street, and relaying a more contemporary presence. In addition the window glass is more efficient than the 40 year old windows it replaces.
At the corner of Boylston and Exeter Streets
A window is installed on Exeter Street
Posted on September 12th, 2015 by BPL News in Central Library Renovation, Major Projects
Tags: Central Library renovation, concrete slab demolition
Demolition of the first floor and mezzanine levels of the Central Library’s Johnson building is underway, a significant part of the second phase of the Central Library Renovation. Construction workers are removing the walls on the first floor and portions of the mezzanine level on the Boylston Street side of the Johnson building to create open travel paths and views as part of the building’s interior redesign. This multi-step process involves structural shoring and the use of heavy demolition equipment to chip away at the concrete, rebar, block, and brick. As a result of the construction, library visitors and staff on the second floor may feel vibrations and hear construction-related noises from the floors below. The demolition work is scheduled to be completed by the end of September and is a major project milestone in the second phase of the renovation, slated for completion in Summer 2016. The below diagrams are from William Rawn Associates’ Master Plan presentation, June 2013.
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Posted on August 5th, 2015 by BPL News in Johnson Building Study, Major Projects
Contractors 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about the Central Library Renovation and follow the Compass blog for updates.
Posted on July 17th, 2015 by Christine Schonhart in Branches, Library Services, Major Projects
Tags: Faneuil, Jamaica Plain
Meeting minutes from the final community meeting for the programming phase of the Faneuil branch library project are now available here
Meeting minutes from the final community meeting in the design phase of the Jamaica Plain branch library project are now available here
Thank you to all who have participated in the process so far. Post a comment on this blog, or send feedback on either project to email@example.com
Posted on June 16th, 2015 by Christine Schonhart in Branches, Library Services, Major Projects
In six weeks, the Jamaica Plain branch of the Boston Public Library will temporarily close for major renovations. In preparation for this closing, you may be seeing a lot of changes at the branch:
- Collections are being weeded then inventoried to prepare for storage while the branch is closed
- Staff are clearing out storage spaces to prepare for construction
- Some furniture that is not being re-used in the renovation will soon go on the City of Boston Surplus site
- As of July 1st, the collection will no longer be viewable in the online catalog, though materials will still be available for check out at the branch
- As of July 1st, the Jamaica Plain branch will no longer be an option for picking up reserves
- To change your pick up location – please see a staff member or follow these steps:
- go to www.bpl.org
- click “My Account”
- Log in using your Library card number and PIN
- Click on “My Settings” and select “Preferences”
- Select another BPL location from the drop-down list
While the branch is closed, staff will provide some programming at the Curtis Hall Community Center. Keep an eye on this blog for updates throughout construction.