Roxbury Branch Library, Boston Public Library

Roxbury, MA

This 27,000 SF renovation revitalizes the former Brutalist building into a bright, open and welcoming space for the Roxbury community.  The largest portion of the renovation was for the main reading room. Other renovated spaces include a new Children’s corner, an African-American collection space, learning labs, a community room and new computer workstations. A redesigned entry plaza features linear LED’s in the canopy/sunshade improving visibility and creating an architectural statement within the neighborhood.


Lighting Power Density: 49% below code (ASHRAE 90.1 3013)

2022 IES Section Award, Honorable Mention
2021 BSA Sustainable Design Awards
2021 BSA Honor Award for Design Excellence, Citation
2021 AIA/ALA Library Building Award
2021 Boston Preservation Alliance, Preservation Achievement Award   
2021 IIDA New England Design Award, Community & Culture Category 
2021 AN (Architect's Newspaper) Best of Design Awards, Honorable Mention, Public Category


Randy Crandon