Bringing new life to existing buildings is a challenge that drives and excites us. Changes in technology, and in the ways people live, work and learn must be reflected in the design of any project that adapts an older building for contemporary use. The Shrewsbury Public Library is a perfect example of a beloved historic building that was not equipped to serve the current needs of library staff and patrons.
The design integrated old and new sections of the building, with attention to finishes, carpeting, and colors contributing to a coherent interior look. Incorporating modern amenities with the historic building is also evident in the technology upgrades. Eight self-check stations throughout the building keeps people from having to wait in lines, and frees up staff time for more programming, teaching, and one-on-one interaction with patrons.