Boston Public Library

Project: Johnson Building Improvements, Copley Square
Location: Boston, MA
Architect: William Rawn Associates

The Johnson Building, designed by renowned American architect Philip Johnson, is the 20th century addition to Boston Public Library’s historic McKim Building in Copley Square. Originally opened in 1972, the addition is an iconic modern building and designated Boston Landmark; its two-phased renovation is the implementation of the BPL’s strategic plan, incorporating new program areas, improved access to the historic McKim Building and more welcoming street-level connections. The renovation also addresses upgrades to building systems and improvements to meet current codes.

  • Scheduling phasing and logistics approaches to minimize impacts within the continually operating Boston Public Library
  • Fast-track procurement within the guidelines of Massachusetts’ Chapter 149A public construction delivery methods
  • Integrating new façade components and program areas within existing 1972 library—components of which have designated landmark status, requiring Boston Landmarks Commission approval when altered