A historic building located in the heart of downtown, the Westborough Public Library serves as a resource and meeting place for the entire community. This highly visible location and iconic building are assets that the town intends to maintain, even as it looks to transform the facility into a 21st Century library.
This past October, LPA presented a preliminary design for a renovated and expanded Westborough Public Library to their Town Meeting, where voters authorized the Library Trustees to submit an application for a Construction Grant to the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).
LPA has been recognized for its work on the Auburn Middle School, completed last year, by the Central Massachusetts AIA with a merit award, and by Learning by Design with an outstanding project award. Learning by Design is a national publication that comes out twice each year and features projects that exemplify design innovation and excellence in education. Auburn Middle School was featured in their Fall 2016 issue. The article talks about how the school was designed in support of the district’s team-based learning curriculum.
Central Massachusetts AIA honored the project at its annual awards dinner this past November, and said of the school, “The Auburn Middle School is recognized for the design of its strong and inviting circulation corridors. Here color and architectural detail enhance the functional and social aspects of these important spaces. This can be seen where interior windows of the second floor Media Center bow into the grand entry corridor recognizing its importance to the school’s curriculum. Entries to individual classrooms welcome students by giving them special recognition in shape, material, and detailing.”
An article in the Boston Globe talks to a number of students about their experience attending retreats at the new Contemplative Center at Holy Cross. Read the article: Eat, pray, study: Holy Cross students learn the language of serenity.
On September 24, 1903 the Shrewsbury Public Library held a dedication ceremony and a brand new building was opened to the public. One hundred and thirteen years later, a re-dedication celebrated the expansion and preservation of the town’s library building. The project of expanding, updating and preserving the building took many years to go from an idea to a plan to a reality.
The $23 million project was funded through a grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, a Town of Shrewsbury municipal bond, and a private fundraising effort. Fundraising actually began for the project in 2007, with many dedicated volunteers and donors pitching in to meet the ambitious $1.75 million goal. From major gifts from individuals to small change collected through a community coin drive, the entire community came together to help fund the library, surpassing their goal by the time the library re-opened in early September.
Preparations are underway to move the historic Stearns Tavern from its current location at 651 Park Ave in Worcester to its new home at Coes Knife Park, in a uniquely collaborative undertaking. Preservation Worcester, the City of Worcester, several other nonprofits, and dozens of private companies have been contributing to the cause of saving and moving the building so that it can once again serve as a place for community members to meet and work.
Mary Bulso is a project manager at LPA whose recent projects include the Mendon Taft Library and the Prescott Building in Lancaster. When Mary is not on the job making sure projects are meeting budgets and deadlines, she spends her spare time helping clean up and protect the Blackstone Valley Heritage Corridor as part of the National Heritage Corridor’s Volunteers-in-the Parks program.
“I asked many students what their favorite part of the building is, and answers included the art room, media room, playground, cafeteria, music room. But the answer that kept coming up was “Everything. We love everything,” said John Coderre, Town Manager for Northborough speaking at the re-dedication ceremony held at Lincoln Street Elementary School on September 15.
LPA had been working with the Town of Northborough on an addition and renovation project at the school since 2013, and recently completed the phased, occupied construction project. The school posted two videos, one touring the school and another of the re-dedication ceremony, which you can find here.
The Massachusetts School Building Authority recently announced the addition of 12 new schools into the Model School Program, including LPA-designed Sherwood Middle School in Shrewsbury. The Model School Program offers incentives to school districts for adapting and revising an existing design from a recently completed school.
Sherwood Middle School was one of only two middle schools selected in this round of the program. Sherwood opened in 2012 and was designed to accommodate 900 fifth and sixth grade students. Schools selected for the program undergo a thorough review to ensure that they adhere to MSBA guidelines, incorporate sustainable design features, and are adaptable to expansion or contraction, among other considerations.
Lamoureux Pagano and Associates has been selected to provide design services for the South High Community School Building Project for the City of Worcester. Representatives from the City and the Massachusetts School Building Authority reviewed eight proposals and interviewed two firms, ultimately ranking LPA first for the building project.
South High was built in 1978 and currently has a number of deficiencies that hinder the school’s ability to optimally deliver their educational program. It is unknown at this time whether the project will result in new construction or renovation and addition to the existing school, but LPA is excited to work with the City of Worcester and the school district on this important project. This will be the sixth public school project that LPA has undertaken for the City of Worcester, including the nationally recognized Worcester Technical High School and the Nelson Place School, now under construction.
The Lincoln Street School in Northborough recently held a re-dedication ceremony for their newly renovated elementary school. The above video tours some of the new features of the school and the link below is to a video of the school’s re-dedication held on September 15.
LPA architect Peter Caruso has been accepted to participate in the 2016-2017 class of Leadership Worcester, an intensive, nine-month leadership development program led by the Community Foundation of Greater Worcester and the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce. Roughly 24 participants are selected each year, after a very competitive application process. The program offers training and skill development to participants, creating a network of leaders to support each other and move the community forward. Peter and the rest of the new class will begin the program this September.
Read the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce article to learn more about the new Leadership Worcester Class.
The new Mendon Taft Library is now open to the public. Construction began last June to transform the former St. Michael’s church on North Avenue into the new Taft Library. The adaptive reuse of the church building was an opportunity for the town to keep costs down while creating a facility that could meet current and future needs for the community. LPA began working with the Town of Mendon as OPM to relocate the library to the renovated building in the summer of 2013. The 6,000 square foot space is fully accessible and features more space for materials, meetings and library programs.