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Construction has begun on our design for the new Greenfield Public Library. Greenfield residents are very excited to see progress being made on this valuable addition to their community. Here’s an article from a local newspaper: https://www.recorder.com/With-new-Greenfield-Public-Library-construction-nearing-event-to-share-building-image-encourage-fundraising-41519368
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This new station houses up to six vehicles, including an Engine, a boat, a brush truck, and a crew of three. The crew member spaces include sleeping quarters, kitchen and dining areas, and a fitness room. Building on experience working with the Boston Fire Department on their Firehouse Design Guidelines, we incorporated ‘Healthy In, Healthy...
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Our Associate Michael Bellefeuille read “Iggy Peck, Architect” for children at the Concord Free Public Library (where our expansion design is well underway).
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John Bapst Memorial High School (Bangor, ME) celebrated the completion of the Mary Ellen and Edward Darling Athletic Center with a ribbon cutting ceremony last week. The 14,000 square foot, $3.8 million facility will be fully operational for the 2021-22 school year. Johnson Roberts Associates partnered with Artifex Architects (Bangor, ME) in the design of...
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Construction of the new Reuben Hoar Library in Littleton is making rapid progress: all of the windows are in place and the building is now watertight, so the finishes have started. Siding is going on at the upper floor, and painting has begun inside at the lower floor. The construction manager has reported that they...
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Construction is well underway at the Concord Free Public Library expansion project. The project includes the adaptive reuse of the historic c.1797 Heywood-Benjamin House next to the main library, with a new addition connecting the two buildings. The addition structure of exposed glulam posts and beams will tie in with the exposed timber frame of...
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During the Great Depression, Franklin Roosevelt created the Civilian Conservation Corps (1934 – 1942) to provide jobs and to improve forest and recreational resources. They built rustic cabins all over the country and many were in Massachusetts. There are only 6 left here (this one is in the Mohawk Trail State Forest). We are honored...
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Essex Fire Station
Some members of Johnson Roberts’ staff recently toured our soon to be completed Essex Police and Fire Station project, where furnishings and equipment will soon begin to arrive. It was exciting to see the results of years of had work. Our new design provides space for both police and fire departments, which they’ve had to...
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We are happy to announce the hiring of Rajeev Pandey as an Architectural Designer at JRA. Originally from Kolkata, India, Raj graduated with an NAAB accredited Bachelor of Architecture degree from Boston Architectural College in May 2020. He’s currently pursuing a Master of Landscape Architecture degree (also at Boston Architectural College). He’s extremely interested in...
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Carey Babyak
We are proud to announce that we recently hired Carey Babyak as a Senior Designer at JRA. He brings with him over 20 years of experience helping to create and build education projects (K-12 and college/university), healthcare, hospitality, and public sector projects. His experiences have allowed him to work on projects from day one through...
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After four months of construction, the foundation is now complete on the Concord Free Public Library expansion, linking the main library building with the historic Heywood-Benjamin House next door. Framing is underway inside the historic house and some areas of the addition between the buildings. The addition will include a new Children’s Library and Makerspace,...
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The JRA-designed Dracut Fire Station No. 3 in Dracut, MA is on schedule to be completed this fall. The masonry is complete, the exterior siding is nearing completion, and the paving will go in shortly. The new station will replace the existing Station No. 3 with expanded apparatus bays, and new  firefighter bunk rooms, exercise,...
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Barber Walter's Barbershop
Barber Walter’s Barbershop in Wellesley, MA (designed by Johnson Roberts Associates) was featured in a segment on the Chronicle TV show (WCVB, Channel 5) on Tuesday 10/13/20. See the clip here.
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Concord Free Public Library
Construction has begun on Johnson Roberts Associates’ additions and renovations to the Concord Free Public Library (in Concord, MA). We are linking a historic house to the main library and creating a new Children’s Department, Children’s Reading Garden, Makerspace and administrative offices. The link will contain a Wi Fi Café, and renovations to the existing library...
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East Forest Park Library Children’s Reading Room East Forest Park Library (Springfield, MA) — which was designed by Johnson Roberts Associates — will be featured in the Architectural issue of Library Journal magazine in November!
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Last year Johnson Roberts signed on to the AIA 2030 Commitment (which strives for all new buildings and major renovations to be carbon neutral by 2030). Now we have been acknowledged by the AIA for reaching the 2019 70% energy reduction goal for our projects (next year the goal will be 80%, and we plan...
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Johnson Roberts Associates has created a beautiful new library in Springfield, MA. The East Forest Park Library is 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 media creation suite...
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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,...
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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...
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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.
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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...
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The Daily Hampshire Gazette recently published an article about our Hadley Free Public Library project — which is nearing completion. The adult area at the new Hadley Free Public Library, Monday, July 27, 2020.
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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...
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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...
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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.
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