Library Expansion

The Library Board of Trustees met with architects from Studio GC on Thursday, February 11 for their first look at updated drawings for the library expansion. Rick McCarthy and the Studio GC team updated the drawings based on feedback received from the community meeting in January and from feedback from the feasibility study conducted in 2015. The new drawings show dramatic change to the front and back facades of the building with a shift in design to reflect Watertown’s historic downtown architecture.

Inside, plans still include a venue for public events and performances, dedicated space for Children’s Room programming, gallery space to highlight local artists and traveling art displays, meeting rooms, and public internet computers. The expansion project would add 22,710 sq. ft. to the current library structure. The last library expansion was completed in 1984.

A very tentative timeline for the project was discussed with library trustees. If constructive begins in March 2017, the library would be ready for full occupancy around September 2018. According to the architects the library would be accessible during construction, although access and space may be periodically changed to accommodate construction work. The total project budget, not including the acquisition of property or existing building demolition, is estimated at $10,314,462.

Library trustees and architects from Studio GC will meet in March with the council of the whole to present the updated drawings and discuss the project.