Karla Johnson was recently invited to speak at Brandeis University about her experience as an architect working on the award-winning Tufts University Interfaith Center. Her presentation for the course “Religion in American Life: A Sociological Approach,” taught by Dr. Wendy Cadge, Associate Professor of Sociology & Women’s and Gender Studies, used the project as a case study for the possibilities of multi-faith spaces on college campuses.
You can find more information on the Tufts Interfaith Center here.
The Town of South Hadley has awarded Fontaine Bros. Inc. of Springfield, MA the role of General Contractor for the South Hadley Public Library. The lowest of nine bids, Fontaine Bros. came in under budget, and as a result the Library was able to accept three add alternates.
This will be the third project Fontaine Bros. and Johnson Roberts Associates have worked on together—previous collaborations include Sunderland Public Library and the Lunenburg Public Library.
At a special town meeting, Acushnet voters approved a $6,382,000 proposal to underwrite a new library addition at the Marie S. Howard Community Center. The funding proposal will now be on the ballet for an April 1st town election.
The South Hadley Public Library has officially moved out of Construction Documents phase and went out to bid on January 10th. A demolition project is currently underway to make room for the new library, which is slated to begin construction in this Spring.
The Library will be a new two-story building located on a bluff overlooking the Holyoke Dam on the Connecticut River. Find more information on the project HERE.
Johnson Roberts Associates’ renovation of the Concord Free Public Library is featured in the January 2013 issue of Design Bureau magazine. The article, “A Library Revamp Long Overdue” by Matthew Keeshin, is a Before & After spotlight on the changes made to the library’s central atrium. The piece discusses the decision to return to an historically accurate color scheme for the library interior, and the cozy and accessible atmosphere created by the project.
Visit Design Bureau online here.