The MBLC grant-eligible project renovated and expanded on the original 1903 Jubal Howe Memorial Library with a modern addition that complements the existing historic architecture. Later 1923/1979 additions, as well as an adjacent Town-owned building, were demolished and a new 32,000 square-foot addition constructed to support the current and projected needs of children, young adult, adult and staff spaces. The building is now fully accessible and includes spaces for a learning center for technology, public computer stations, group study, community use including a multi-purpose meeting room and commons area, and a climate controlled local history room. Mechanical, plumbing, and electrical systems were replaced entirely with new energy efficient systems, a fire protection sprinkler system, and a state-of-the-art “automated materials handling system” that tracks and sorts library products has been installed. Site improvements include the addition of approximately 50 parking spaces, an outdoor children’s area, and all new site lighting and utilities.
“We feel incredibly fortunate to know that such a competent team is working on our project. Our project team, including architects Lamoureux Pagano Inc., project managers PMA Consultants, LLC and Fontaine Brothers Inc. as our construction company, are demonstrating such dedication and care for this project. I am confident we will have a new library of which people will be tremendously proud.”
Ellen Dolan, Director
Shrewsbury Public Library
Town of Shrewsbury