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Library Renovation Project

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Owner's Project Manager: Daedelus Projects, Inc.  www.daedalusprojects.com

Architect: Oudens Ello Architecture  www.oudens-ello.com

Contractor: Castangna Construction   www.castagnaconstruction.com


The following information is provided to keep you informed on the Library Renovation Project. The order is chronological, with the most recent news first.


March 2016

Construction Project Update - Town of Scituate Public Building Commission

March 16, 2016 - Town of Scituate Library Building Project


The Public Building Commission of the Town of Scituate, Massachusetts, will issue periodic public updates about the construction progress for the Town Library project. Ground breaking occurred on September 1, 2015. The project remains on budget. Completion is anticipated for late 2016/early 2017.

All foundation work, including pier support reinforcements and waterproofing requirements, has been completed at the site. The new elevator pit has been constructed. Vertical construction has begun with the concrete masonry walls complete on the north side and begun on the east side. Site work included improving on-site retention to reduce run-off water.

Steel has been delivered and installation is well under way. It is anticipated that this process will continue for several more weeks. Lumber is also on site ready for roof framing to begin.

A commemorative beam was display on March 5th and over 250 residents signed their names. The beam will be installed in the building near the main entrance but will not be visible once construction is complete.

The Public Building Commission has approved APCO for the interior signage design, manufacturing and installation work. The Interior Design Committee continues to work on furniture and color selections.




January 26, 2016 Construction Project Update - PBC-2016-01-ProjectUpdate - PDF

Construction Project Update - Town of Scituate Public Building Commission

January 26, 2016 - Town of Scituate Library Building Project

Castagna Construction and project manager Daedalus Projects are working together to complete the competitive pricing for the new wood framing portion of construction. Because of unforeseen structural problems discovered during demolition, more framing is required than originally anticipated. Despite some inclement days, site and foundation work has been progressing on schedule.

The Library Signage Committee plan on presenting their recommendation for a design and manufacturing vendor to the Public Building Commission at the February 9, 2016, meeting. The Interior Design Committee will present the color scheme and general furnishing recommendations to the Public Building Commission in March, 2016.



December 29, 2015 Construction Project Update - PBC-2015-12-ProjectUpdate - PDF

Construction Project Update - Town of Scituate Public Building Commission

December 29, 2015 - Town of Scituate Library Renovation and Expansion

The Public Building Commission of the Town of Scituate, Massachusetts will issue periodic public updates about the construction progress for the Town Library project. Groundbreaking occurred on September 1, 2015. Completion is anticipated for late 2016/early 2017.

The initial demolition phase is complete. Unforeseen conditions included discovery of asbestos-containing materials which needed to be abated prior to completion of scheduled demolition. It was also determined that the trusses supporting the part of the roof originally scheduled to be retained were structurally unsound. This resulted in a complete removal of the roof and the additional cost of designing and replacing these sections. In addition, other underlying structural deficiencies were found which will need to be corrected. Rectifying the unforeseen conditions will cost approximately $550,000 and will be funded from the contingency expense allowance provided in the original budget.

During the next thirty days it is anticipated that excavation for the new foundation will be complete, the new foundation will be poured, and the redesign for the entire roof will be completed.

The project remains on budget with a potential two month delay form the original completion schedule.



Construction continues at 85 Branch Street. Much of the work is demolition, preparing the building for new construction. Drive by and take a look! See photos of construction activity at the Library Facebook page.


The Official Groundbreaking for the expansion and renovation of Scituate Town Library takes place on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, at 10:00 am at 85 Branch Street.



The Scituate Board of Selectmen have awarded the $8 million construction bid to Castangna Construction of Newburyport, MA.


JUNE 2015

The library reopened on June 15 at the Scituate Harbor Community Building, 44 Jericho Road. The library will return to 85 Branch Street in Fall 2016.


APRIL 2015

FAQs: Temporary LocationFAQs-MoveToTempLocation - PDF


Dates Announced for Library Closing at 85 Branch/Reopening at 44 Jericho

The Scituate Town Library will be relocating to the Scituate Harbor Community Building, 44 Jericho Road, on Monday, June 15. The current library at 85 Branch Street will be closing on Friday, June 5, at 5:00 pm

Between June 5th and 15th, the library will be closed for the transition to the temporary library location. during this time, due dates will be extended and late fines will not be imposed for Scituate Library materials. Other non-Scituate OCLN materials will need to be returned when due.

Library patrons are reminded that Scituate Town Library is a member of the Old Colony Library Network and as such are welcome to borrow items from any of its 32 member libraries. For a full list, see https://www.ocln.org/library-locations-hours/.

The library will remain at the Scituate Harbor Community Building through the Fall of 2016, when the library's expansion and renovation will be completed and library service can return to 85 Branch Street.

MARCH 2015

Final Library Design Approved

With the issuance of the Design Development set the Public Building Commission and Board of Selectmen both voted to approve the final design of the Scituate Town Library. Both the Commission and the Selectmen were pleased with the overall design and felt that it would provide a welcoming, functional, and flexible environment for Scituate’s library patrons for many years to come.

For a full set of the renderings for this design, see below.

Upper Level Floor Plan
Entry Gallery

Book Club


Local History


Lower Level Floor Plan

Lower Level








Cutaway Long           Cutaway Short
Entrance East North East North West



Library Renovation and Expansion Schematic Design Unveiled

In November and December of 2014 the library met with the Board of Selectmen and held two Public Forums to introduce the town to the new library schematic design. The Schematic Design process showcases the design in its most fluid state, and input from the town, the public, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners still impacts the final design.

The Public Building Commission hosted two meetings on December 11th where initial exterior and interior renderings were revealed, as well as floor plans and site design. Below are links to some of these renderings.

The library project is now in its Design Development phase. This phase allows for certain changes and development, but also allows for a finer level of detail and space planning. Design Development is set to end in mid-January of 2015.


Exterior Library Entrance - jpg

Exterior Northwest Corner - jpg

Upper Level Floor Plan - jpg

Lower Level Floor Plan - jpg



Library Granted Use of Scituate Harbor Community Building

At their November 18th meeting, the Board of Selectmen voted unanimously to allow the library to temporarily occupy the Scituate Harbor Community Building while the renovation and expansion to the library takes place.

It is anticipated that the library will take occupancy of the Scituate Harbor Community Building in June of 2015 and remain there until the anticipated end of construction in September of 2016.

The library grant budget will allow for some fixes and repairs to be made to the Harbor Community Building, and will also allow the rental of temporary space for the displaced town departments who currently use the Harbor Community Building for activities (Council on Aging and Department of Recreation). A bid for this temporary rental space will be submitted in early 2015.


JULY 2014

Public Building Commission Hires Architect

The Public Building Commission was charged with finding the architecture firm that best fit with the needs of the Scituate Town Library and the project budget. Bids were solicited, with three finalists interviewed. Oudens Ello Architecture was selected from amongst them and will work to complete a schematic design to be presented to the town in the late fall of 2014.

Oudens Ello Architecture


MARCH 2014

Public Building Commission Hires Owner's Project Manager

With town funding secure, the library project is turned over to the Public Building Commission for management, working closely with town and library administration.

One of the first charges of the Commission was to solicit bids for and hire an Owner’s Project Management firm. Bids were solicited in February of 2013, with three finalists interviewed in March of 2013. Finalist Daedalus Projects Management was selected.

The Owner’s Project Manager represents the owner (the town and its citizens) throughout the project, working with the architect and general contractor with regular reporting to the Public Buildings Commission, town, and library.

Daedalus Projects



Scituate Town Library Renovation/Expansion Project Moves Forward

The Town of Scituate met at Special Town Meeting in November of 2013 to vote on the article to appropriate $12 million to "design, renovate, expand and furnish the public library," This article received a majority vote that allowed it to be placed on a December 14, 2013, ballot. The ballot question also received an affirmative vote from 72% of voters, allowing the library to move forward with accepting the $5 million Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners grant and renovate and expand the existing library at 85 Branch Street.

Boston.com article, Special Town Meeting Nov 2013

Wicked Local article, Town Vote December 2013



Scituate Town Library Receives $5 Million Library Construction Provisional Grant!

Announcement was made on Oct. 4, 2012, that Scituate Town Library is the recipient of a General Construction Provisional Grant totaling $4,985,480 from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC). The Grant will assist with the cost of construction of a renovation and expansion of the current building.

Scituate Town Library also plans to obtain the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification which will quality the library to receive additional $100,000 in state funding through the Green Library incentive.

During the next nine months, Scituate and the seven other provisional grant recipients will work within their communities to gain the local match funding necessary to move forward with the grant.

Press Release announcing the Grant - STLPressReleaseScituateReceives$5mGrant - PDF

Information on fundraising for the project is available at Scituate Library Foundation.



Project Summary & Background Information

This two page document is a summary of the Library Renovation Project and includes project background information and a summary of the feasibility study results.

Building Renovation Project Summary - PDF


Massachusetts Public Library Construction Grant Submitted

Scituate Town Library has submitted an application for a Public Library Construction Grant to the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

To complete the grant application a Feasibility Study was conducted. Scituate Town Meeting must approve the Feasibility Study for the Library's application to qualify for the grant.

Please click on the following links to view preliminary exterior renderings and floor plans:

Preliminary Exterior Rendering #3 - PDF

Preliminary Floor Plan: Main Level - PDF

Preliminary Floor Plan: Lower Level - PDF






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