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Planning for Our Library’s Future

Planning for Our Library’s Future
Wednesday February 28, 2018
10:00 AM  Main Library Wakelin Room

Interested in hearing more about the exciting plan to renovate the interior of the main library?

Library Director Jamie Jurgensen will discuss the feasibility process, today’s library trends, and the main library space utilization study as designed by Cambridge architecture firm, Johnson Roberts Associates (JRA).

Although the main library building is still considered by many to be “new,” there have been significant developments in the last eighteen years in the way that libraries are used.

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

JRA and its team of consultants assessed the existing conditions, reviewed Library goals (including universal access and sustainable design goals) and key program requirements, developed several schematic design schemes, and prepared cost estimates based on the preferred scheme.

This study shows how patrons’ evolving needs can be met.  The goal of the 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.

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