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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. The AIA 2030 Commitment aims to change that through the design of high-performance buildings that are better for the environment as well as more comfortable and

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 Walters, View toward front, Belclare Wellesley

Barber Walters to Begin Construction in Wellesley

Johnson Roberts Associates is working with the owners of Barber Walters 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 Receives MBLC Grant

The Erving Public Library was recently awarded a Construction Grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. Because the Town previously approved their portion of their library funding prior to the award announcement, they were ready to go immediately. The design development phase has just finished up. Johnson Roberts Associates

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