Dartmouth Public Libraries, North Branch
In late 2015, Oudens Ello began working with the Town of Dartmouth, MA on a concept design for a new single-story branch library on town-owned land north of Route 6, a busy commercial artery running east-west through town. The new facility will replace an aging existing branch library, located south of Route 6, that is slated for demolition pending a state road re-routing project. The project is one of nine Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) Construction Grant Award winners in 2017, with schematic design now scheduled to begin in the Fall of 2017.
Set back from Cross Road and positioned on a slight rise in the land, the proposed building straddles an existing open meadow landscape, facing the road, and large tract of undisturbed woodland with many old growth trees and native species. The adult, young adult and children’s wings are all oriented towards the woodland and are organized in such a way as to form a reading garden linked to both an adjacent elementary school and assisted living facility by way of new garden pathways. The site and design for the new library reflect the Dartmouth’s agrarian underpinnings, as well as its commitment to sustainability. The project’s green features will include rain gardens, permeable paving, a super insulated building envelope, variable refrigerant flow (VRF) HVAC systems and a 63,000 kWh photovoltaic array generating close to 35% of the building’s annual electrical load.
Estimated Completion 2020
15,000 square feet