The 156,000 square-foot Central Library renovation of the iconic landmark Boston Public Library dramatically transformed the second wing from a solid stone bunker into an inviting, light-filled space that spills out into a newly defined public plaza. The renovation included an increase in ceiling heights and the replacement of dark-tinted glass and stone walls with transparent, floor-to-ceiling structural glass walls that utilize Sentech’s VetraPatch Connection Series and VetraFin G-Series Systems. The resultant facade allows daylight to flood the interior of the library and invites visitors and pedestrians alike into a lively, dynamic and modern civic space. Winner of numerous awards, the renovation blends historic preservation, sustainability, innovation, community connection and the modernized transparency of structural glass into an architectural makeover that has become the lively cultural center of the city.
- 2017 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards: American Institute of Architects (AIA) & American Library Association (ALA)
- Boston Preservation Alliance Preservation Achievement Award
- 2017 Merit Award for Design: Boston Society of Landscape Architects
- 2017 Charter Award: Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU)
- CMAA Project Achievement Award: Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) New England Chapter
- Section Award: Illuminating Engineering Society
- Paul & Niki Tsongas Award for Biggest Impact in an Urban Preservation Project