Windsor Public Library

Windsor, CT

Size
36,000 SF

Cost
$5 million

Completion
2006

 

 

Work completed by
Barbara Joslin, JCJ Project Manager
while with Best Joslin Architects

 

While Principal with Best Joslin Architects, Barbara Joslin was retained to bring this project initially through the state library construction grant process and then on to completion.

This library, located on the town green, was completely land-locked within the site and needed more space to serve the needs of the community. The facility consists of the historic 1777 Mather House and a 2-story 1975 addition. A uniquely constructed addition had a partial lower level with an open courtyard. By filling in the courtyard on both levels, and digging out the lower level so that it existing under the entire building, the library was able to gain 50% more usable space with only a 20% actual footprint increase.

There are completely new furnishings and equipment, as well as custom made circulation, information and reference desks. The Children’s Library was able to integrate sculptural artwork into the space to create a truly unique experience. The entire project was completed on time and within the budget for both architecture and interior design.