Main Library Space Utilization Study

Johnson Roberts Associates, Inc. (JRA) was engaged by the Town of Wellesley’s Facilities Management Department (FMD) in April 2017 to prepare a Space Utilization Study  for the Wellesley Free Library.  Click here to see a Powerpoint about the project.

JRA worked closely with the Library Director, Trustees and FMD’s Design & Construction Manager over the spring and summer to review various possibilities for reconfiguring existing spaces to enhance usage of space within the library buildings to support the WFL as a community gathering place and cultural destination.

In preparing this Report, JRA and its Team of Consultants have assessed the existing conditions, reviewed Library goals (including universal access and sustainable design goals) and key program requirements, developed several schematic design schemes, prepared cost estimates based on the preferred scheme.

The goal of this study is to create an economical and strategical approach to bring the main library up to today’s standards, to update existing spaces in order to support emerging and growing trends in library use, and to address the needs identified in the Wellesley Free Library’s Strategic Plan.

Although the main library building is still considered by many to be “new,” there have been significant developments in the last seventeen years in the way that libraries are used.  This study shows how patrons’ evolving needs can be met.

Preserving and protecting the existing building is an inherently sustainable endeavor. Renovation and modernization is designed to LEED standards wherever possible.
In support of the environmentally friendly design, the preferred scheme relies on:
• Use of sustainable materials, locally sourced where possible
• Energy efficient lighting in renovated areas
• Use of materials low in VOCs and with no added Urea Formaldehyde
• Maintaining and/or improving access to natural light