Concord Free Public Library Expansion Update

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 the house, and is also a key element of the project’s sustainable design: wood is less carbon-intensive than traditional steel framing, and the wood sequesters carbon absorbed during the life of the tree. With most of the wood framing done and the roof going in, you can really get a feel for what the space will be like when it’s finished and opened to the public this fall!

This is a green, sustainable design that will reduce energy usage by 80%.

Here are some design renderings and recent construction photos.