East Forest Park Library

Johnson Roberts Associates has created a beautiful new library in Springfield, MA. The East Forest Park Library is a an energy-efficient, green building with spaces that combine modern functionality, plenty of natural light and eye-catching design. The children’s room uses fanciful shapes and bright colors to make reading fun. There is even a mini recording

Phil is a Finalist

JRA Principal Phil O'Brien's futuristic, conceptual drawing "Pinnacle at White Hill" has been chosen as one of 100 Finalists for the 2020 One Drawing Challenge! It was recognized as one of the best examples of architectural storytelling among this year's amazing entries. Here's Phil's description of the piece: "'Pinnacle at White Hill' illustrates a self-contained,

We’ve Been Busy

During the ongoing pandemic we've been able to accomplish quite a bit. Here's some of our recent activity: Started our design work on the new Greenfield Public Library. Continued construction administration on the new Public Safety Building in Essex, MA. Started our design work on the rehabilitation of Cambridge City Hall. Started design work on

COVID-19 HVAC Protocols for Cambridge

In partnership with engineers from Garcia, Galuska & DeSousa, Johnson Roberts Associates recently developed HVAC protocols for the post COVID-19 opening of public buildings in Cambridge, and the opening of all Cambridge Public School buildings.


On July 31, 2020, Johnson Roberts Associates held an online Library:NEXT event (part of a series of meetings/presentations on the future of libraries). This virtual roundtable focused on Covid 19 response, with a guest presentation by Carlos DeSousa of Garcia Galuska DeSousa, Engineers. A variety of local librarians attended and everyone learned something new. We

Hadley Free Public Library

The Daily Hampshire Gazette recently published an article about our Hadley Free Public Library project — which is nearing completion.

Greenfield Public Library in Design Development

Johnson Roberts has moved into the design development phase for the new Greenfield Public Library. This new, two-story, 24,000 square foot facility will replace the current library, which has been housed since 1909 in the 1797 Leavitt-Hovey House, designed by Asher Benjamin, and later owned by local merchant George Hovey. The new facility will provide

Construction starts at Community Charter School of Cambridge

When the school community returns to campus in the fall of 2020, they will be met with a comprehensive renovation of the second floor at 255 Bent Street. Originally designed as bio-tech research and office space, the second floor has been completely redesigned to provide much needed school community gathering and eating spaces. This three-month

Essex Public Safety Facility Under Construction

The Essex Public Safety Facility is under construction, with the foundations in place and the elevated concrete structure currently underway. The new two-story facility will replace the aging combined station, with a new, state-of-the-art Police and Fire emergency response facility. Construction is scheduled to be complete later this year.

Hadley Public Library Under Construction

The Hadley Public Library is currently under construction and has just reached the important milestone of closing in; the roof and walls are weather-tight, and the windows and doors are installed. The new Hadley Public Library replaces the existing Goodwin Memorial Library, built in 1902, and stands much as it did nearly 120 years ago.