I am pleased to announce that the Library Trustees have chosen Finegold Alexander Associates Inc. as the architect for the new Westwood Public Library. The Town’s Permanent Building Committee finalized a contract with the firm on June 30. Funding for the phase one work was approved at the 2009 annual Town Meeting.
The Library Building Committee received 18 proposals for the project and short-listed four firms as finalists. Committee members visited a library designed by each of the finalists. Interviews with the four firms were held on April 16.
Finegold has previous public library design experience including an addition to the Newburyport library, which is located in a historic district. The Finegold team was impressive in their knowledge of public library design and their commitment to working with community groups. Their design work reflects an understanding of a library’s role in the community. Finegold’s staff is very familiar with green architecture applications, state bid laws, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners construction program.
The Library Building Committee looked closely at Tappe Associates, J. Stewart Roberts Associates and Beacon-Smith before ranking Finegold Alexander as the top firm. A preliminary planning meeting with Finegold Alexander was held on June 22. The architect will produce a project timeline soon.