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Dudley Front Entrance Project

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

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Central Library Renovation – Photos of Second Floor

Posted on January 11th, 2014 by Gina Perille in Johnson Building Study, Major Projects
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The renovation of the Central Library is underway with the official start of the construction phase. As noted in an earlier post, mobilization activities are taking place. The second floor of the Johnson Building looks quite different these days.

A view across Deferrari Hall, facing Exeter Street.

A view across Deferrari Hall, looking toward Exeter Street.

Supplies for building partition walls on the second floor of the BPL's Johnson Building.

Supplies for building partition walls on the second floor of the BPL’s Johnson Building.

Partition walls in progress on  the second floor. Window at center looks onto Exeter Street.

Partition walls in progress on the second floor. Window just left of center looks onto Exeter Street.

 

Central Library Renovation Project (Johnson Building Improvement – Phase 1)

Posted on December 24th, 2013 by Eamon Shelton in Johnson Building Study, Major Projects
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We have now officially commenced the construction phase of the Johnson Building Improvement Project. Consigli Construction, the construction manager for the project, has begun setup or “mobilization” activities in the Johnson Building this week.

Consigli Construction - BPL Johnson Improvement Project logo

Consigli Construction – BPL Johnson Improvement Project tag

Over the next several weeks mobilization activities will include:

  • Building partition walls on the 2nd floor
  • Staging and set up
  • Delivery of construction trailers
  • Installation of construction fencing and barriers.

We thank you for your continued cooperation and patience as we prepare for this work. Visit www.bpl.org/compass to follow project progress. For specific questions, contact Eamon Shelton, Major Projects Program Manager, via email at eshelton@bpl.org.

Central Library Renovation Fact Sheet

Posted on December 3rd, 2013 by Gina Perille in Johnson Building Study, Library Services, Major Projects
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Details about the Central Library renovation and the changes planned for the Johnson Building are included in the quick-reference project fact sheet, which is available for download. On the fact sheet, find information on the master plan process, first phase of construction, timeline, budget, as well as upcoming phases.

BPL central library renovation fact sheet 11.2013p1-300

PDF document, two pages (2 MB)

The library will continue to post updates on project progress via this blog.

Roundtable Recap: Johnson Building Improvement Project

Posted on November 27th, 2013 by Eamon Shelton in Johnson Building Study, Library Services, Major Projects
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At the November 14 roundtable, members of the public joined Boston Public Library staff for an interactive session to discuss the services that will be offered in the soon-to-be renovated spaces of the second floor of the Johnson Building.  Phase I of the project, which includes the second floor, is scheduled to begin next month.

Discussion topics included a review of the new Reference and Instruction area; an update on the Nonfiction, Reference, Children’s and Teen collections; and a look into Youth Services programs that are planned for the new spaces. The discussion topics were presented by Gianna Gifford, Manager of Reference and Instruction; Laura Irmscher, Chief of Collections Strategy; and Jessi Snow Coordinator of Youth Services.

The highlight of the program was an interactive question and answer session led by Christine Schonhart, Director of Library Services, Branches. Participants gathered around a physical model of the Johnson building to review the proposed design and discuss the services being offered in the spaces. Many participants stayed after the meeting to explore the model in detail and to continue the conversation about the programs.