Modernizing classic buildings to match the needs of the 21st century library is a challenging assignment. Our work is indicative of our ability to integrate historical integrity and new technologies.
WEST SPRINGFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY
WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA
A renovation and expansion of the historic century-old Carnegie Library, the project included plaster repair, effective laylight in place of the original skylight, new standing seam roof and a revisioned front entry that reflects the classic style of the building.
After demolition of the two existing additions to the original library, a two-story addition was built, housing most of the new library and library services. A striking lobby with high ceilings joins the Carnegie Room to the new addition, housing the children’s room and young adult room, a 150-seat community meeting room, computer lab, local history room, and a variety of reading nooks and spots for quiet study. The library now features large arrays of heat-rejecting glass, infusing the space with natural light.
Designed to meet LEED standards, the historic building has been awarded LEED Silver certification.
Renovation of the existing 4,180 square foot library and construction of a 5,324 square foot addition designed to compliment the historic integrity of the original structure, built in 1890. In addition to bringing the library into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Lilly Library now includes an enlarged Children’s Room, a public meeting facility, and more accessible space for the growing volume of materials and technologies available for public use.
Additional parking, utility upgrades and landscaping were designed to accommodate the expanded facility.