Design Updates

June 2015: Town Approval Process

The design development phase is nearing the end and is expected to go through the approval process from various town boards and committees such the Historic District Commission, the Planning Board and the Design Review Boards. The architect, Johnson & Roberts, incorporated feedback from members of the community, as well as extensive discussions with the immediate neighbors of the library while at the same time maintaining a functional, historically sensitive, and beautiful design.


February 2015 : Design Development Phase

Since the approval of the Library renovation and expansion project in May 2014 Town Meeting and Town Election, Hopkinton's Permanent Building Committee (PBC) has been refining the plans for the project. The refinement has been based upon a series of public meetings and feedback from community members, library staff and the Mass. Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

View the floor plans and the exterior views.


Design History

 

Background

Our Library Building Program was developed by library consultant Marjorie Judd in May 2008.

A Library building program serves as a basis for the architect to design a library building. It is a space and needs analysis of a future library building. It describes the types of rooms, spaces, features, number of chairs, tables, and computers, the size of book and media collections that are needed to serve the community.

The architectural firm Johnson-Roberts was selected to design our new library. Since 1997, the firm has provided designs and feasibility studies for over 50 public libraries, and completed construction of 23 public libraries. They have successfully renovated many 18th century library buildings and designed blended additions with historic buildings.

A link to the Building Program may be found on the "Project Documents" page.

 

Preliminary Library Design Plans

The Permanent Building Committee worked diligently with the architect - Johnson-Roberts - to develop a viable and desirable addition/renovation to the existing library at 13 Main Street. The new library will be a 22,000 SF building with two floors and 21 parking spaces on site.


Built in 1985, the library has been an icon of downtown Hopkinton for generations. With an expansion along Church Street, the library will continue to be that icon and will serve the community for generations to come.
 

Library Rendering

Site Plan

First Floor & Second Floor

The Basement
 

 


How was the building site selected?

A Feasibility Study, (Part 1 & Part 2 ) including four possible site choices was conducted. The goal was to select a site that is well-suited for the town and meet the needs of the community.

Because Johnson-Roberts needed one specific site to develop the design, the Permanent Building Committee (PBC) evaluated pros and cons of each of the sites.

 

Pros and cons of possible sites:

1. Claflin Place Option. Use of a 4-acre parcel of land behind Claflin Place. This site was advantageous because of it's central location in the town. This was not considered as a desirable option, however, because the site is land-locked and would require the Town to acquire additional land to provide road access to the site.

2. Center School Renovation Option.
Moving the library into Center School was a good option because it would keep the library in a prominent location, and provide needed 65 parking spaces. However, the school's floors were not built to handle heavy book stacks, and parts of the school (not the historic building) would need to be removed and rebuilt. This would result in a three-story building rather than two-story which is not cost effective.

3. Renovation and addition to the current library site.

Option 1 and Option 2
Renovation and expansion of the current library with the adjacent lot at 9 Church St. could be accomplished but this option would not accommodate parking for library patrons. It is also expensive to build an underground parking lot, there is not enough parking around the library and also there is additional cost to relocate the library during construction.

4. New Building Behind Center School Option
This option would enable the library to remain within the downtown area. It also provided the most flexibility and efficiency in designing the library with more than adequate parking on site. With an estimated $9 million construction cost, this option was the most affordable.

On Sept. 9th, 2010 at the PBC meeting more than 30 residents viewed these options, asked questions and provided feedback.

In October, the PBC recommended that building a new library behind Center School is most cost effective solution.

Cost comparison of four options
 

 

At its Sept. 28th meeting the Board of Selectmen voted to send a Letter of Intent to the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) for a library construction grant to build a new library build behind Center School.
 

On Nov. 2010, the School Committee disclosed that land behind center school will most likely be not available for town use.

Concurrently, through public viewing, comments, concerns and preferences of Hopkinton residents and various town boards, PBC explored the option of expanding the current location at 13 Main St.by using the adjacent lot at 9 Church St.

 

A great deal of thought, planning and discussions were devoted toward what the library should look like, how it should function for patrons and staff, and how it should fit in its downtown location. The library design went through several revisions and was shared with the town boards, trustees, residents and library staff.

The design was ultimately selected and approved by the PBC in Dec. 2010. The design incorporated an expansion and renovation to the existing building totaling 22,000 SF with two floors and 21 parking spaces on site.

An application for a library construction grant was submitted to the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners on Jan. 27th. 2011 with the following preliminary design.

 

Library Rendering

Site Plan

First Floor & Second Floor

Basement
 

The Permanent Building Committee worked diligently with the architect - Johnson-Roberts - to develop a viable and desirable addition/renovation to the existing library at 13 Main Street. The library with an expansion along Church Street, will continue to be a cornerstone of Hopkinton's downtown to serve the community for generations to come.