W.T. Rich Company was the General Contractor on the 50,000 square foot new addition and restoration to the Thomas Crane Public Library. The new addition was a steel-framed, three-story structure, which included the creation of a large atrium space that spans the full height of the building. The renovation of the original building included upgraded building systems and extensive exterior and interior restoration work.
The additions façade was built using granite and masonry to aesthetically blend with the historic portions of the building
Exterior restoration of the original façade included revitalizing granite, brick, and cast stone
The interior work consisted of the delicate refinishing of the ornate architectural woodwork and decorative finishes.
An intricate shoring system was required for the structural integrity of the building’s roof
Location: Quincy, Massachusetts
Completion: August 2001
Contract Value: $13,000,000
Size: 75,000 SF
Type: New Addition, Historic Renovation
Owner: City Of Quincy
Designer: CBT Architects, Boston, MA
Awards & Honors: Massachusetts Historical Commission's Preservation AwardDelivery Method: Design-Bid-Build (Chapter 149)
CHALLENGES & SOLUTIONS
The library remained operational and occupied during construction
New construction occurred alongside the historical restoration work
The project worked off of a phased and aggressive 400-day contract duration
The library established an end user group to regularly meet with our team to ensure minimal disruption to daily library operations
The work site, located in Quincy Center, had limited space and parking for the site crews
The community enforced strict construction regulations.
Shortly after the project’s completion, the library gained the distinction of receiving the Massachusetts Historical Commission's Preservation Award, the State’s top honor in this category. The project earned the award mainly for the historic restoration of the original building designed by H.H Richardson in 1882. On the library’s website, Library Director, Ann McLaughlin, is quoted as saying, “Today, three additions and more than 125 years later, the Thomas Crane Public Library’s Richardson Building is still considered one of the country’s finest examples of Romanesque architecture.”
AWARDS AND HONORS
Massachusetts Historical Commissions’ Preservation Award