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Central Library Renovation: New Carpet and Paint

Posted on January 28th, 2016 by awilliams in Central Library Renovation, Library Services, Major Projects

New carpet is being installed on the Johnson building first floor, orange paint lines the mezzanine

New carpet is being installed on the Johnson building first floor, orange paint lines the mezzanine

Orange carpet is being installed on the Johnson building mezzanine level

Orange carpet is being installed on the Johnson building mezzanine level

The installation of bright orange carpet and paint add a jolt of energy to the Johnson building’s mezzanine level, part of the second phase of the Central Library Renovation. The space that is being transformed, will house the BPL’s new Community Learning Center conference rooms and classroom, and the World Languages and Fiction collections. The mezzanine shares the vibrant color pallet first introduced on the Johnson building’s second floor during the first phase of the renovation, and draws on the historic McKim building’s paintings and murals. In addition, carpet installation is underway on the Johnson building’s first floor in the areas that will house Fiction and Tech Central, the free computer area. The renovation makes room for 40 more computers for public use, totaling 104 available computers.

Opening in summer 2016, the second phase renovation of the Boston Public Library’s Johnson building in Copley Square will be on the cutting edge of library services – reshaping and redefining the patron experience at a 21st century urban public library. Totaling approximately 110,000 square feet, the second phase renovation includes updates to the lower level, first floor, mezzanine, and the building exterior.

The first phase of the renovation, which opened in February 2015, includes a colorful Children’s Library with books and media, early literacy and story time space, a tween corner, and flexible program space; Teen Central, a distinctive and media-friendly space with books, digital lab, media lounge, a dedicated quiet zone, and homework and hangout booths; refreshed and reorganized nonfiction collections and reference services; and an adult reading area and workspace for individuals and groups.

Central Library Renovation: Window Installation

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.

Boylston Window

At the corner of Boylston and Exeter Streets

A window is installed on Exeter Street

A window is installed on Exeter Street

 

Central Library Renovation: Concrete Slab Demolition

Posted on September 12th, 2015 by BPL News in Central Library Renovation, Major Projects
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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.

concrete slab demolition93demo2

 

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Scaffolding in Deferrari Hall

Posted on August 5th, 2015 by rlavery in Central Library Renovation, 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 askjbi@bpl.org with any questions about the Central Library Renovation and follow the Compass blog for updates.

Jamaica Plain and Faneuil meeting minutes now available

Posted on July 17th, 2015 by Christine Schonhart in Branches, Library Services, Major Projects
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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 compass@bpl.org