Boyden Library out to bid

After much controversy and debate, the Boyden Library addition and renovation project in Foxborough, MA is finally out to bid. The contemporary expansion and renovation of the original 1960s brutalist building will add 13,800 sf to provide much-need space for the library's growing collection over the next 20 years. The new addition — a complement to the original building geometry and material palette of concrete, glass and monolithic limestone panels — houses an inviting and accessible children's area on the top floor which doubled the size of the existing area. Another program element in high demand from the community was a new books and media area which is located on the ground floor. Additionally, more than thirty computers are available to the public and an improved meeting room provides space for Foxborough's community groups and organizations.

The $11.6 million project is partially funded through a $3.6 million construction grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissions and an additional $7.5 million of town-approved funding. Other funds will come from a fundraising campaign and private funds which include money from the library’s trust fund and donations. Bidding documents are available online at Projectdog. Filed Sub-bids are due Thursday, October 27 while general bids are due Thursday, November 10.

Read more about the history of the project in these articles: 2009/10/05 Country Gazette, 2010/04/29 Country Gazette, 2010/05/20 Country Gazette, 2011/01/28 Sun Chronicle, 2011/05/02 Sun Chronicle, 2011/05/26 Sun Chronicle, 2011/05/26 Foxboro Reporter, 2011/05/27 Foxborough Patch,  2011/06/02 Boston Globe, 2011/06/09 Sun Chronicle, 2011/09/02 Foxboro Reporter, 2011/08/14 Foxboro Reporter, 2011/08/15 Architect Newswire2011/08/30 Foxborough Patch, 2011/08/12 Wicked Local, and 2011/08/18 Sun Chronicle.

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