The Great Hall Exhibit: The Transformation Project

Friday, Sep 1, 2017 - Monday, Dec 4, 2017

Ten years in the making, the major renovation of the Westport Library's is scheduled to begin in mid-September. The current $19.5 million plan will not change the building's footprint and will last 18-21 months, during which the Library will remain open. The newly installed Transformation Project exhibit in the Library's Great Hall showcases renderings of the planned renovation by architect Henry Myerberg's New York-based design firm, HMA2

Reception with architect Henry Myerberg: Friday, September 22 from 6-7:30 pm in the Great Hall 

About Henry Myerberg

Henry Myerberg’s TEDx talk on learning from architecture at the Westport Library

Salient features of the renovation will include a newly designed entrance that capitalizes on the Library's location in the heart of downtown and a redesigned Riverwalk Level that will house the bulk of the Library's adult book collection, offering quiet reading areas and unparalleled views of the Saugatuck River. The Main Level will be transformed into The Forum, an open, flexible space for multiple everyday activities that, for special events on the Forum Stage, can convert to accommodate an audience of up to 600 people. The Main Level will also feature an increased number of conference rooms and quiet areas, an enlarged Library Café, a larger dedicated MakerSpace, a HackerSpace workshop with prototyping equipment and co-working space, and a state-of-the-art recording studio. The expanded balcony will offer more conference rooms and provide open study/reading areas, which can become mezzanine seating for large events on the Forum Stage.

Founded in 1986 by Myerberg, HMA2 is a recognized leader in the design of learning places. The firm's notable education and library projects include American University of Central Asia; American University of Paris; Amherst College; Baltimore Hebrew Library and School; Bryn Mawr College Rhys Carpenter Library; Davidson College Library; Hampshire College; LIBRARY Initiative, NYC Schools; and Washington, DC, Public Libraries.

Construction will be handled by A.P. Construction, headquartered in Stamford, and Soundview Construction Advisors of Greenwich will provide design and construction advisory and management services for the project.

The Great Hall

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