Follow our current projects in construction on Facebook
Last Saturday marked the official opening of the new Granby Free Public Library. We were delighted to participate in the event, which included speeches by members of the Select Board and the MBLC, state Representative Ellen Storey and Senator Gale Candaras. There was music, a flag raising by local Boy Scouts and a ribbon cutting featuring our own Natalie Eringros—in short, a fun time for all. Check out more photographs of the event on our Facebook page.
Johnson Roberts Associates’ work on the East Campus Commons Servery at Bridgewater State University has been featured in the October issue of High-Profile Monthly. The project was completed this fall and the facility now serves over 3,000 meals to students daily. Check out all of the details here.
Construction for the new Dracut Town Hall officially began on July 9 with a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the future building. Speakers including State Senator Barry Finegold, Dracut Selectmen Chairwoman Cathy Richardson, and Stewart Roberts commemorated the old Town Hall and described the process of designing and realizing the new structure. Construction is slated to be complete in 2014.
You can see coverage of the event, including video of the ceremony, at the Lowell Sun:
Featured at right: Stewart Roberts, principal of Johnson Roberts Associates.
The Dracut Permanent Building Committee voted at their June 5 meeting to award the construction of the new Dracut Town Hall to CTA Construction, of Waltham, MA, following an overwhelming approval of an additional $1.3 million in funds for the project at the June 3 town meeting. Construction is scheduled to begin by early July.
“Henri Labrouste: Structure Brought to Light,” up at the Museum of Modern Art in New York through June 24, showcases the remarkable work of a little-known French architect of the nineteenth century. The retrospective focuses on his two large library projects in Paris: the Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève and the reading room of the old Bibliothèque nationale. Both buildings are marked by an elegance of form, where slender iron support beams support airy, daylit vaults.
MoMA’s ad campaign features the byline “The architect who invented the modern library”—a grand boast that might not be so far off the mark. Labrouste’s influence can be directly seen in the design of prominent American libraries including the New York Public Library by Carrière and Hastings and the Boston Public Library by Charles Follen McKim.
Johnson Roberts Associates values the historical legacy of these beautiful spaces and appreciates their timeless grandeur. They vividly demonstrate the way that structures can embody philosophical ideals: space and light combine to create conditions for contemplation and intellectual exploration.
Find more information on the MoMA show at their website, here.
You can see vintage images of the New York Public Library and Boston Public Library from our online library postcard collection here and here.
Image: Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève, Paris—via Wikipedia Commons