Held on September 1st, the successful groundbreaking event formally kicked off the construction process for the 32,000 square foot, two-story library's renovation-expansion. For a local report on the groundbreaking ceremony, click here.
After a slow start due to a long winter, steel finally arrives at Eastham. Once all of the structural steel is in place, framing will begin at the lower level.
Principals Matt Oudens and Conrad Ello both received mention in a recent Library Journal article summarizing the Design Institute hosted in Boston last December. As sponsors of the event, OEA led a workshop analyzing the Kingston Public Library as a case study for library expansion and renovation. In the workshop OEA presented Kingston Library's current challenges along with three architectural approaches to expand the Library's square footage. A brief summary of the workshop can be found here.
Foundation work continues and the library is beginning to take shape!
On February 17 the OEA team and Scituate Town Library Director, Jessi Finnie, along with OPM Joeseph Sullivan of Daedalus, presented the latest renderings of the proposed renovation and addition to the Library to the Scituate Town Selectmen meeting. The design was well received, along with the news that the project is on budget and schedule for a July ground breaking. A full write up can be found here at the Patriot Ledger.
To see more of the library design, check out our project page.
In partnership with the Boston Public Library and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, the Library Journal Design Institute hosted the New Face of the Library event on December 5th. The design and library building event invited librarians, architects, and product vendors to discuss critical topics which included shrinking collections, product trends, and collaborative, maker spaces. Oudens Ello Architecture was a sponsor for the event while also participating in the library design challenge sessions and the expert panel forums.
With demolition of the previous addition to the 1897 library underway, the historic structure was lifted and rotated 180° to its temporary location. Excavation continues to progress as the site is cleared of tree stumps and debris.
A 4-minute move in 30 seconds, see the big move above!
Late October marked the start of construction for the Eastham Public Library. Tree stumping and top soil excavation is in progress. With demo to begin on the library addition, the portion of the building from 1897 will soon be lifted and relocated as construction continues.