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Erving Public Library Receives MBLC Grant

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) voted to approve $2.7 million for Erving, which had been placed on the waiting list in July 2017. The work is now fully funded and moving forward. Johnson Roberts Associates worked with Erving through schematic design and helped put together the MBLC application.

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 a 1920s-themed fundraising event that raised over $1 million dollars.

Michael Bellefeuille named Associate at Johnson Roberts

Michael Bellefeuille has been named an Associate at Johnson Roberts Associates as of June, 2017. Since joining the firm in 2014, Michael has worked on a number of projects for municipal, state and higher education clients, including renovations to the Bentley Library at Northern Essex Community College, repurposing a former

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