Construction Work Begins on Renovation of Dudley Square Branch of Boston Public Library
Contracted firm CTA Construction is now on site and beginning work on 2-year, $14.7 million revitalization of community anchor
Boston, Mass. (April 4, 2018) – CTA Construction announced today that it has begun initial construction work on the Dudley Square Branch of the Boston Public Library, a long-anticipated project aimed at renewing the facility for a new generation of Roxbury families. The renovation will completely overhaul the existing facility, initially constructed in 1978, redesigning its aesthetic appearance and adding a slew of new functions and capabilities. CTA expects work on the library to continue into 2020.
“We know how much this library means to generations of Roxbury readers, and we take very seriously the trust the city has placed in us to create a beautiful facility that reaches out and connects to the community,” said Paul DuRoss, Principal at CTA Construction. “We are happy to be able to get to work and are excited to deliver a building that will be as cherished as the original one was for so many decades.”
Visually, the new Dudley Branch Library will represent a dramatic change from its current concrete-heavy, Brutalist-style design. Designs from architect Utile Architect & Planning call for heavy use of glass, aluminum, and vinyl, and the incorporation of custom applied digital graphics and backlit LED lighting. Glass walls will be featured throughout, and the main entrance to the library will be moved to overlook a plaza. Boston Public Library president David Leonard described the new look as “filled with light, reaching out to the community.”
The redesign will also equip the library for new and improved features and capabilities. The new branch will feature an African-American collection tailored to historians and scholars in black history. It will also include the Boston Public Library’s first nutrition lab, a multi-purpose room with new audio-visual technology, and a showcase for art projects commissioned by the city.
The Dudley Branch’s redesign was celebrated by city and community leaders late last year, when Mayor Marty Walsh, State Representative Chynah Tyler, Boston Public Library president David Leonard, and dozens of community members attended a kickoff event announcing the plans for the facility. The library renovation was also voted by Curbed Boston’s readers as the best Boston-area new development of 2017.
About CTA Construction Managers
CTA Construction is an award-winning construction management firm with experience in building public and private facilities. Based in Waltham, Massachusetts, CTA Construction specializes in building construction and its portfolio includes a variety of commercial, residential, academic, civic and retail facilities. As a leader in green building, CTA Construction firm helps clients build sustainably and meet LEED and MA-CHPS standards. For more information, visit www.ctaconstruction.com