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The Karla S. Johnson Memorial Scholarship is a one-time award for a disadvantaged woman who is currently enrolled in her final year of an accredited professional degree program of architecture (BArch or MArch) at an American college or university, within the USA.  Award amount may vary, up to $6,000, based on need and merit. Any...
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We are proud to be working with the Cambridge Fire Department to design and build a new training structure for them.  It will be a 3-story, modular fire training structure with reconfigurable interior maze walls, and a practice confined-space hatch.  There will be a smoke distribution system consisting of a PVC pipe running vertically inside...
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Here’s a video of the new Reuben Hoar Library in Littleton, MA.
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Lots of progress is being made on the construction on the new Greenfield Public Library! Here are some recent drone shots (courtesy of P-Three, Inc.). default default default
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Included in our recent expansion of the Concord Free Public Library (c. 1873) was a connection to the historic house next door (c. 1797). We converted the house into modern, usable library spaces, such as a podcast recording room, a video recording room, meeting rooms and offices. But, many original elements were preserved, including a...
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Johnson Roberts Associates is going to receive a 2022 Preservation Award from the Cambridge Historical Commission for our work on the historic Magazine Beach Powderhouse!The building is a gunpowder magazine* from 1818. It is the oldest building in the Charles River Reservation and is managed by the DCR. *Magazine means any building, structure, or container,...
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The Concord Free Public Library corporation has honored Johnson Roberts Associates founder J. Stewart Roberts’ late wife (and co-founder of JRA) Karla S. Johnson’s memory with a memorial tree in the new children’s garden. Karla passed away from Pancreatic Cancer in 2016. Stew (on far right) is shown here at the dedication with his daughters,...
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Johnson Roberts Associates is proud to have four new projects renovating historic Massachusetts libraries: the Abbot Public Library in Marblehead; the Cary Public Library in Lexington; the Richard Salter Storrs Library in Longmeadow; and the Swansea Free Public Library. We are one of the leading library architects in New England and are happy to be...
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Construction is underway on the new Greenfield Public Library. Here are some drone shots of the progress (provided by P3 Engineering). default default
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We are happy to announce the hiring of our new designer Bojana Cemazar. Bojana is passionate about sustainable architecture, and she is a strong advocate for energy-efficient designs. She has a diverse educational background and experience with a wide variety of projects, but she focuses on designing public architecture, where she believes the effects are...
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Congratulations to JRA Designer Sachi Dalwadi for being certified as a LEED Green Associate! LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy...
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Construction is under way on the new Greenfield Public Library! Our design will add a new children’s library with a dedicated story room, community meeting spaces, informal reading areas, a dedicated teen room and adult reading and study areas. Rendering of the front of the building Rendering of the interior
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Last year we completed a gut renovation of Community Charter School of Cambridge’s 3,500-SF space — which was originally designed as biotech research and office space. The second floor was completely redesigned to provide much needed school community gathering and eating spaces. We added new finishes, lighting, HVAC, and improved educational technology infrastructure. The school...
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Here’s a flythrough video (by Michael Tobin, Wellesley resident) that shows some of our extensive work on the interior of the library. All the work is almost completed. We are very happy with the results and believe the Wellesley community will be thrilled.
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Praise for the playroom in the new Hadley Public Library (designed and built by JRA and team) in the Daily Hampshire Gazette. “I was overjoyed — and touched, really — when I stumbled upon the new Hadley Library playroom. It’s a space that, while modest in proportion, is heartfelt, high-vibrational and inviting — a natural...
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We had a wonderful holiday party last night at Alden & Harlow in Harvard Square! Fittingly, the restaurant is named after two of the turn-of-the-century architects who designed the building (Brattle Hall, 1889). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Longfellow%2C_Alden_%26_Harlow
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The new Reuben Hoar Library in Littleton, MA held a Grand Opening Ceremony on November 5, 2021. The new building will be a great addition to the community. And, we are very proud that our sustainable design provides an 82% reduction in energy usage.
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Demolition of the existing, outdated fire station at the rear of the site is one of the first steps to prepare for the new library project. Demolition contractors cut away the original fire station cupola and lifted it clear of the building recently, and set it on a flatbed trailer for transport to its new...
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On 10/15/21 members of the Johnson Roberts staff, family and friends took a boat tour of Boston Harbor. We started out in Cambridge and went through a lock to get into the harbor. We learned a lot of interesting facts about the architecture and history of Boston on a beautiful day, then had lunch outside...
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Dracut Fire Station #3 – Front angle
The new Dracut Fire Sation #3 is open and here are some new photos of it. This modern firehouse is divided into isolated areas — including a decontamination zone — to protect firefighters from carcinogens brought back from fires.
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While working on our design for a new Town Hall in Cohasset, MA, JRA Associate Natalie Eringros and our Structural Engineer were cutting small holes in the walls to review the existing structural elements and they found this dance program from 1901. Here’s a photo of Cohasset Town Hall from that period.
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On Saturday, September 18th, the Town of Essex held its official grand opening for their new, JRA-designed Essex Police & Fire Station. Everyone really likes the new facility and the firefighters and police officers will be proud to work there for years to come. As part of the ceremony they opened a time capsule that...
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Today JRA Associate Natalie Eringros began a series of sessions on best practices for using the architectural design application Vectorworks (which provides extensive 2D drafting, 3D modeling, BIM and rendering capabilities). Our team strives to always stay current with the latest software and the best techniques to use them effectively.
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