Posted on August 12th, 2013 by Christine Schonhart in Major Projects
Tags: South Boston
With only a few more weeks of warm weather, we hope you find some time to hang out in the newly rejuvenated reading garden at the South Boston branch of the Boston Public Library. New plantings and furniture were provided through an innovations grant from Mayor Thomas M. Menino. So, grab a book, your tablet or your friends, and relax in this hidden gem in the neighborhood.
Posted on August 5th, 2013 by David Leonard in Johnson Building Study, Major Projects
Tags: Back Bay, Copley Square
Boston Public Library is pleased to share this final copy of the Conceptual Master Plan for the Johnson Building Improvement Project, prepared by William Rawn Associates Architects, Inc. We have also been posting extracts on program and service areas over the last couple of weeks. As of August 2013, we are now proceeding into formal design which will validate and refine these concepts — and validate that they make sense together — all with end goal of improving library services for today and tomorrow. The fiscal year July 2013 – June 2014 will see completion of design for phase one, design and budget development for subsequent phases, and the beginning of construction for phase 1.
The first in the next series of roundtables is planned for Thursday, August 15th and will review the master plan and goals for the coming fiscal year. Please join us then or comment here to continue your participation in this process. Please click on the link below to access a PDF of the Conceptual Master Plan document. It is an 8.2 MB document.
Johnson Building Improvement Project Conceptual Master Plan Summary
Posted on August 4th, 2013 by Gina Perille in Library Services, Major Projects
Tags: East Boston
The opening date for the new East Boston Branch is Saturday, November 2, at 11 a.m. The new facility, currently undergoing construction at 365 Bremen Street, is at the corner of Bremen and Prescott Streets in East Boston and faces Bremen Street Park. Read the August 1 press release on the new facility.
The new East Boston Branch was designed by William Rawn Associates Architects and is a capital project of the City of Boston. The new branch is approximately 15,000 square feet in size, more than double the combined public space of the current branches in East Boston. The new library will have onsite parking, a dedicated teen space, multipurpose room, early literacy resources, and a variety of other user-friendly features. The project budget is $17.25 million. Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners supported the project with a grant of $7.25 million.
Posted on August 1st, 2013 by Gina Perille in Johnson Building Study, Major Projects
Tags: Back Bay, Copley Square, Roundtable
Boston Public Library will host a series of four roundtable discussions to update library users and interested residents on the Johnson Building Improvement Project.
The first roundtable will feature an overview of the master planning process. The meeting will take place on Thursday, August 15, at 6:00 p.m. in the Boston Room at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street. Additional roundtables will be held:
- Wednesday, September 25, at 6:00 p.m. in the Mezzanine Conference Room at the Central Library in Copley Square.
- Monday, October 21, at 6:00 p.m. as an online community chat via www.bpl.org/compass.
- Thursday, November 14, at 6:00 p.m. in the
Boston Room Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square.
Download and share the PDF flyer about the meetings.
Read more about the roundtables in the July 15 announcement.
If you are not able to join the August roundtable, you are always welcome to leave a comment on this blog or send an email to email@example.com with your ideas.
Posted on July 26th, 2013 by Christine Schonhart in Library Services, Major Projects
Tags: Jamaica Plain
Throughout the spring of 2013 the Library worked with Miller Dyer Spears Inc. and a community advisory committee to study pre-design options and cost estimates for a renovation of the the Jamaica Plain branch of the Boston Public Library. The goals of this study include ADA accessibility, improved spaces, collections and technology for all ages, and and enhanced multi-purpose room. You can read the completed study here.