Boston Public Library, McKim Building


The McKim Building is one of Boston’s preeminent, historical landmarks and is widely regarded as one of three major architectural masterpieces in the City of Boston. The McKim Building and was in need of extensive exterior roof reconstruction and significant courtyard renovations to restore it to its original design.  W.T. Rich Company was hand-picked by the City of Boston to bid on the Boston Public Library McKim Building renovation project and, based on a competitive, lump sum bidding process was awarded the contract. 


Project Information

Location: Boston, MA

Completion: 2001

Contract Value: $6.5 million

Size: 45,000 SF

Type:  Renovation | Historical Restoration

Owner: City of Boston

Designer: Shepley Bulfinch Richardson and Abbott, Boston, MA

Delivery Method: Design-Bid-Build (Special Prequalification Process)

Awards and Honors: Boston Society of Architects - Harleston Parker Medal




Intensive attention to detail was invested to ensure that restored elements retained and replicated the look, feel and character of the original historical features of the building. The project was completed on schedule and on budget and to the highest accolades of the owner, design team and the Boston Public Library.  The project was awarded the Boston Society of Architects 2001 Harleston Parker Medal in recognition for excellence. This award, co-sponsored by the City of Boston, recognizes “the single most beautiful building or other structure” built in the metropolitan Boston area. 

“I have had a working relationship with W. T. Rich Company for more than 20 years. They tackle each and every project with an incredible sense of passion, commitment, and teamwork.  I have found them to be above reproach in their professionalism, workmanship, and the standards for which they set for themselves and their sub-trades. Even in the face of difficult challenges that sometimes arise in the course of a construction project, they are steadfast in their commitment to cooperation, pragmatism, and fairness.  Not once have they fallen short of their commitment to total satisfaction.”

Andy Hudak, Director of Construction (Retired)
City of Boston
BPL McKim Building Project