Boyden Library Celebrates Rededication
Key leaders and representatives of Foxborough, MA gathered Saturday morning, November 16, 2013 to celebrate the re-dedication and official opening of Boyden Library. With a renovation and expansion designed by LLB Architects of Pawtucket, RI, Boyden Library resides just off the historic Foxborough Common and quickly emerged as an essential resource to the town residents and surrounding communities. However, in recent years, the mid-century structure, located on 0.87 acres, began to outgrow itself – signs that pointed to a necessary expansion and reconfiguration of its previous design.
“This is the day that makes it all worthwhile,” said lead Architect Mr. Drayton Fair of LLB Architects. “Seeing the building open, seeing everybody enjoying this building, and to see this building well into the future, it’s no secret that we were very excited to be chosen to design the addition and renovations.”
Prominent speakers and supporters at the event included, Chairman to the Board of Trustees Mr. Kevin Penders, Director of Boyden Library Mr. Jerry Cirillo, Commissioner to the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) Ms. Carol Caro, Massachusetts State Senator for the Bristol and Norfolk districts Mr. James Timilty, Ms. Lorraine Brue from the Board of Selectmen for the Town of Foxborough, and Architect Mr. Drayton Fair of LLB Architects who was accompanied at the event by notable team members, Project Manager Ms. Julie Jancewicz and Interior Designer Ms. Meaghan Kennedy.
The library was originally built in 1967 by the architecture firm Kilham Hopkins Greeley and Brodie. The existing library held 95,000 items in 20,833 sf, which left limited space for the library’s growing collection. Renovations included, replacement of mechanical systems, roofing, windows, elevator, addressing all handicap accessibility issues, removal of all asbestos, underground parking, and a reorganization of the collections to make them more efficient and accessible to patrons.
In keeping with the original form, the new addition remained in concrete, glass, and monolithic limestone. The horizontal and vertical geometry of structural components and windows also remained intact as a complement to the original design. The additional 13, 800 sf provides increased space for Boyden Library and its expanding collection of literary and media resources. More than 30 computers have been added for public use and an improved meeting room provides space for Foxborough’s community groups and organizations. The top floor is home to an inviting and sun-filled children’s department – that is now double the size of its previous square footage – and equipped with cozy furniture and colorful shelf paneling that change with images of the New England season.
“What really makes us all inspired is that we have this great space to share with all of you. And we hope to have you use this space for many years to come,” said Director of the library Mr. Jerry Cirillo.
A glass-paneled staircase provides an intriguing experience for those accessing the first and second floors with expansive views of the outside. The largest area in the library is the reading room, which contains fiction, periodicals, and several computer stations. The mezzanine, or half-floor, contains the administrative offices, local history, and a café area, and an art gallery outside the meeting room provides a place for local artists to share their art with the community. “The new Boyden Library is a landmark institution both in terms of its facilities and services from the center of the Foxborough community,” said Commissioner Carol Caro of the MBLC. “It truly is a combination of the past and means of the future. May all of you and your children enjoy this library for many years to come.”
After the 2006 feasibility study, the original construction budget was $8.9 million. The actual cost of construction fell below the estimated cost to $8.2 million. The project is partially funded through a $3.6 million construction grant from the MBLC and an additional $7.5 million of town-approved funding. Other funds came from a fundraising campaign and private funds that included money from the library’s trust fund and donations.
“It’s tremendous. I’m truly in awe. I know it was a tremendous investment by the community of Foxborough. This new library will be a magnificent community resource,” said Massachusetts State Senator James Timilty.
Once speeches were concluded, those involved in realizing the new Boyden Library, posed for photographs and a ribbon cutting to commemorate the special ceremony. “It’s been a great privilege working with the citizens of Foxborough to create this building,” said Mr. Fair. “On behalf of the entire team at LLB Architects, thank you for this opportunity to be a part of your community and history of Foxborough. This library was made possible by you and the citizens of Massachusetts, so this is your library and we hope that you’re as proud of it as we are, and we certainly hope that it sees you well into the future.”