Last year, the Community Design Collaborative helped Julia R. Masterman’s Home & School Association develop a game plan for transforming its dark, cluttered, and outdated school library.
Now the library is well on its way to becoming the bright, open, comfortable, and versatile place the school's students, teachers, and parents envisioned.
The Collaborative’s conceptual design became a rallying point for Masterman’s 2012 Auction to Achieve, which raised $40,000 in donations towards the project. Dedicated parents, teachers, school district officials, and others hustled to pack up the library, secure materials, and complete an initial round of improvements in time for September.
This week, the school hosted a “Sneak Peek” Celebration to mark the completion of the first phase, acknowledge the many people who helped, and mobilize everyone for the second phase.
The library serves over 1,200 middle and high school in many capacities. It’s a library for research and study— and it’s also used as a classroom due to Masterman’s longstanding overcrowding problem. Although Masterman is involved in a larger effort to renovate and expand its space, the library improvements will greatly benefit current students over the next several years.
The first phase installed new flooring, lighting, and furniture to brighten the library space and rearranged it to create areas to study independently, work on group projects, or simply hang out. The second phase will add technology, shelving, seating, lighting, and furniture to further support this multi-tasking library.
Kudos to everyone that has helped make this design come to life—including the Collaborative’s pro bono preliminary design team:
Metcalfe Architecture & Design
- Alan Metcalfe, AIA, LEED AP
- Matthew Pickering
- Aaron Goldblatt
- Lou Johnston