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Central Library Renovation: Exterior Work Begins

Posted on October 2nd, 2014 by David Leonard in Johnson Building Study, Library Services, Major Projects

Preparations began for the replacement of second floor windows and their framing system. This is a mere hint of the improvements envisioned for the facade and sidewalk area along Boylston and Exeter Streets as part of the next phase of work on the Johnson building.IMG_0730All exterior improvements are subject to approval by the Boston Landmarks Commission with whom the library has been engaged for many months. Specific to the windows, the improvements include greater transparency as well as new glazing, new framing system — also referred to as mullions — and greater energy efficiency.

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Central Library Renovation: Project Milestones

Posted on September 25th, 2014 by David Leonard in Collections, Johnson Building Study, Library Services, Major Projects

As the renovation of the Central Library in Copley Square continues, there are several project milestones ahead. The first phase of the renovation is predominantly concentrated on the interior of the second floor of the Johnson building, the portion of the Central Library that faces Boylston Street. The second phase, which begins in early October, involves the Johnson building’s lower level, first floor, mezzanine, and exterior. The transition from phase 1 to phase 2 may not be immediately apparent because some phase 1 work will continue alongside phase 2 work. That overlap is by design in order to achieve some cost savings by not having to come to a full stop and then re-mobilize the project.

There are several significant milestones ahead in the renovation project as a whole. They include:

During October 2014

  • Move of teen services, children’s services, borrower services, and nonfiction collections to the McKim building
  • Installation of a temporary accessible ramp and door system for the McKim building, the portion of the Central Library that faces Dartmouth Street.
  • Installation of a materials return — also commonly referred to as a book drop – in front of the McKim building.

Mid-November 2014

  • Closure of the Johnson building entrance.

These are the current target date ranges. Continuing updates will be available via this blog and within the Central Library itself.

Renovation digital display

Just inside the entrance of the Johnson building is a digital display with information about service and collection locations as well as renderings of the new spaces currently under construction on the second floor.

 

Central Library Renovation: October Roundtable

Posted on September 23rd, 2014 by Gina Perille in Johnson Building Study, Major Projects

RenovationRoundation10.21Join a roundtable discussion about the Central Library renovation on Tuesday, October 21, 6 p.m. in the Guastavino Room. View the architects’ three-dimensional model of the in-progress renovation and speak with library staff members about future service plans.

Phase 1 of the renovation — taking place right now on the second floor of the Johnson building — is scheduled to be complete in March 2015 and phase 2 is scheduled to be complete in the summer of 2016. Ongoing updates on project progress are available this this blog.

Download and share the PDF flyer about the meeting. If you are not able to join the October roundtable, you are welcome to leave a comment on this blog or send an email to compass@bpl.org with your ideas.

Central Library Renovation: More Construction Views

Posted on September 16th, 2014 by Gina Perille in Johnson Building Study, Major Projects

More views of the interior of the in-progress Children’s Library on the second floor of the Johnson building. The picture in the bottom half of the collage below shows a view toward the planned early literacy area with a window onto Exeter Street to the left that will soon be built out into a story time archway.

bpl_IMG_collage0915And another view of the area alongside the Children’s Library where nonfiction collections will be located as well as a community reading area.

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Next Johnson Improvement Project Community Advisory Committee Meeting

Posted on September 13th, 2014 by admin in Johnson Building Study, Major Projects

The next meeting of the Johnson Improvement Project Community Advisory Committee (CAC) is scheduled for Monday, September 22, at 8:30 a.m. The meeting will be held in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square, 700 Boylston Street.

Agenda (PDF): September 22 CAC agenda