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Central Library Renovation: Phase 1 Overview

Posted on February 24th, 2014 by David Leonard in Johnson Building Study, Major Projects
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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.

Central Library Renovation: Teen Central

Posted on February 21st, 2014 by Christine Schonhart in Johnson Building Study, Library Services, Major Projects
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Plans for the new Teen Central space on the second floor of the Central Library have been heating up this winter. Library staff have met with the architects and Teen Council several times to review floor plans, collections, furniture, and technology for the new space. Teens are especially excited about two new features:  the game lounge – where teens will be able to take on their friends in the virtual game world – and the digital lab – where teens can let their creativity fly making movies, music, video games. and more.  Teen Central will have a very distinctive feel from the rest of the second floor with a more loft-inspired design. View the floor plan below to see all the different places young people can hang out, geek out, and mess around at Teen Central.

BPL teen central floor plan

Central Library Renovation: Blagden Street View

Posted on February 1st, 2014 by Gina Perille in Johnson Building Study, Major Projects
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Renovation-related activity has increased along the Blagden Street side of the Central Library in Copley Square. Bladgen Street runs between Dartmouth and Exeter and is parallel to Boylston Street. Barriers and construction trailers have started to arrive. To learn more about phase one of the Central Library renovation, download the project fact sheet (PDF).


Menino Learning Lab Coming to the Hyde Park Branch

Posted on January 14th, 2014 by Christine Schonhart in Branches, Library Services
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Thanks to a generous donation from the Boston Municipal Research Bureau, the small homework room in the children’s library at the Hyde Park branch will receive a much needed facelift and be dedicated to Thomas M. Menino.

The room, located just off the main children’s room, is currently used by homework mentors, ESL groups, a tween book club and as a small study room. The space will be designed with this need for flexibility in mind with new furniture, paint, flooring, writable wall spaces, storage, and fun graphics on the walls. This will be a fitting tribute to a Mayor who was so dedicated to children and learning, and is a great fit with the Library’s mission of the advancement of learning.

The project is expected to be complete in spring 2014.

Dudley Front Entrance Project

Posted on January 13th, 2014 by Christine Schonhart in Branches, Library Services, Major Projects

You may have noticed a flurry of activity at the Dudley branch library over the past few months as crews work on upgrades to lighting and electrical systems. This is part of the first phase of work being done to create a new, exciting, and welcoming entrance at the branch which will include a large sign with the library and branch name, lighting that can change colors and mechanical shades in the community room.

Staff from the Library and Property and Construction Management recently visited the sign fabricator shop to see a mock up of a panel that will make up the new signage. The images below show what the sign might look like in the daylight and when it’s illuminated (there are a number of colors available, and a single color has not yet been chosen).

Installation is expected to be complete in the spring of 2014.