MILFORD, MA – On Saturday, March 16, Consigli Construction Co., Inc. joined Woburn Mayor Galvin, the Woburn Public Library Foundation and the local community to celebrate the grand opening of the newly restored and expanded Woburn Public Library. The $31.5 million city-bonded renovation and expansion project involved Consigli leading the complete restoration of the 19th-century National Historic Landmark on Pleasant Street and the construction of a new wing.
The Saturday afternoon celebration began with performances by the Woburn Memorial High School’s band and its a cappella choir. There was also a ribbon cutting and a reading of an original poem written by Woburn resident and author Morgan Crooks to mark the occasion. The public was then invited into the building to explore its new and renovated spaces.
Consigli’s work at the library involved preserving the façade, roof and interior of the original 1879 H.H. Richardson-designed Romanesque building — his first commission since designing Boston’s Trinity Church in Copley Square — as well as modernizing the building and creating an addition to make the space adaptable to 21st century needs.
Now the glass wall of the new 15,000 square foot addition provides a spectacular view while new openings in the sandstone façade provide easy access between the original historic and the new spaces. The addition features new children’s and teen sections; a makerspace with a 3D printer; a presentation room with a 170-person capacity and a state-of-the-art AV system; an automated book sorting machine; laptop rentals; and study rooms and executive offices.