Fells Branch Library in Wellesley Now Open

The Fells Branch Library in Wellesley is now open! This reimagined former one-room schoolhouse provides library space for children 0-6 to learn and explore. The walls feature murals by BlackBear Studios depicting nature scenes and Wellesley landmarks. Photo credit: Nystedt Photography

Design Shop at Johnson Roberts Associates

Design Shop at Johnson Roberts Associates

Johnson Roberts Associates recently created an in-house Design Shop. The Design Shop promotes hands-on research and fabrication within our office. Staff can use the shop to build models and mock-ups of projects both within the office and of individual interest. The Design Shop provides a variety of power and hand

Library (re)design: Hopkinton Public Library

Following a tour of the expanded and redesigned Hopkinton Public Library, local librarian Jenny Arch wrote thorough review of the space on her blog. Jenny particularly appreciated the abundant use of modular furniture. Having tables, chairs, displays, and the circulation desk on wheels allows for flexible use of available space.

Concord Free Public Library Expansion, Story Room

Concord Free Public Library Expansion

Johnson Roberts Associates is currently working with the Trustees of the Concord Free Public Library to design of an expansion of the library. The expansion will incorporate an adjacent historic residence into the library and create a new children’s room, teen room, community gathering spaces, and a large meeting room.

Shared Studio Cubbies, Arlington Center for the Arts

Arlington Center for the Arts Nearing Completion

Renovations of the new home for Arlington Center for the Arts are nearing completion. The renovations modernize two floors of a historical school building to create 7,645 SF of creative spaces. The new Center for the Arts will have learning spaces, including a clay studio, resident artist studios, art classrooms,

East Forest Park Library, Rendering

Springfield’s East Forest Park Library is Out to Bid

The East Forest Park Library in Springfield, Massachusetts is out to bid. The new library will create a focus for the East Forest Park neighborhood, replacing an aging branch library in a strip mall. The energy efficient single-story new building features indoor and outdoor community meeting spaces, study rooms, teen

Johnson Roberts Associates Joins the AIA 2030 Commitment

Johnson Roberts Associates has signed on to the AIA 2030 Commitment. Buildings are the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. However, the AIA 2030 Commitment aims to change that. Through energy-efficient design, the AIA 2030 Commitment strives for all new buildings and major renovations to be

Powder Magazine Ribbon Cutting

Powder Magazine Ribbon Cutting

On July 7, 2018, Powder Magazine celebrated both its bicentennial and restoration. Powder Magazine is the oldest structure along the Charles River Basin. Due to its original purpose of storing gunpowder, neighborhood concerns about building’s explosive contents led to its abandonment in the 1860s. In 1899 the Olmsted brothers, sons

Career Day at the Brooks School

Jeff Davis presents at Career Day at the Brooks School, New Bedford

Jeff Davis recently spoke at the Brooks School in New Bedford to Mrs. Keaton’s second grade class about the best profession in the world – ARCHITECTURE(!) – as part of the school's Career Day.  Through a review of project drawings, large scale models, and architectural picture books, the children had

Barber Walter's

Barber Walter’s to Begin Construction in Wellesley

Johnson Roberts Associates is working with the owners of Barber Walter's to fit out a new barbershop space in the Belclare at Wellesley building in downtown Wellesley. The shop will have four cutting stations equipped with antique barber chairs purchased by the owner in New York City. The antique chairs

Erving Public Library, Rendering

Erving Public Library Receives MBLC Grant

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) awarded the Erving Public Library a construction grant. The grant allows the Town of Erving to build a new library, replacing the outdated current facility. Because the Town approved their portion of the funding prior to the award announcement, the next design phase

Hopkinton Public Library, Entrance

Hopkinton Public Library Opens

Hopkinton Public Library opened the doors to its newly renovated and expanded space in October 2017. The community marked the occasion with a 1920s-themed fundraising event dubbed "A Novel Affair" that raised over $1 million dollars.

Michael Bellefeuille named Associate

Michael Bellefeuille is now an Associate at Johnson Roberts Associates as of June 2017. Since joining the firm in 2014, Michael has worked on projects for municipal, state, and higher education clients. Some highlight include renovations to the Bentley Library at Northern Essex Community College, repurposing a former garage into

Johnson Roberts Associates celebrates 20 years

Johnson Roberts Associates Celebrates 20 Years

1997 – 2017: Johnson Roberts Associates celebrated our 20th anniversary with family, friends, and colleagues. Spectacular musical performances by Rhythm Future Quartet capped off an evening of food, fun, and drink from neighboring Aeronaut Brewery.

South Hadley Library, LEED Silver Certified

South Hadley Public Library Awarded LEED Silver Certification

We are thrilled to announce that the South Hadley Public Library has received LEED Silver Certification from the USGBC in recognition of the sustainable design strategies, materials, and construction methods that went into this beautiful building.

Effingham Public Library Now Open

We are thrilled to announce that the Effingham Public Library (replacing the Helen Matthes Library) is now open to the public! Earlier this month they celebrated their grand re-opening with nearly 800 people in attendance! Johnson Roberts converted an existing bank building into a brand-new library for the City of

Illustration by Aleks Banner

The Library as a Third Place

In his popular book, The Great Good Place, Ray Oldenburg gives us this idea of a ‘third place’ as a place we can gather, talk, socialize and build community. If your home and those you live with are your first place, and your workplace and co-workers are your second, your

Henri Labrouste @ MoMA

“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

Pearle L. Crawford Memorial Library Attains LEED Silver

The Pearle L. Crawford Memorial library in Dudley, Massachusetts has Received a LEED Silver Certification from the United States Green Building Council. The library celebrated the achievement at a ceremony on Saturday December 3, 2011. The “green” design includes a photovoltaic array, a high efficiency induction HAVC system, materials with