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What we did in December 2015

We now have preliminary designs for a new building, just under 21,000 square feet, proposed for the current location at 6 Green Street. We presented the design to the Board of Selectmen, Finance Committee, and Capital Planning Committee. We’ll be developing that design further and working on cost estimates, which we hope to complete by the middle of March.

We hope that you will come to one of two public forum sessions planned for January 5th at 2 pm and 7 pm, at the Library, to see what the design looks like so far and hear the data behind the decision to propose new construction at the existing location. This is still a very early stage of the design process — if Town Meeting approves moving ahead with pursuing a 50% construction grant, and if Kingston is awarded the grant and the Town accepts it, the project will still go through a long design development process. There is plenty of time for you to help shape the project, and we very much hope you will come to a forum and contribute your ideas about Kingston’s future library.

We plan to offer two more forums in February, date still to be determined, but if you can’t make it to any of these sessions, please come to the library to see the designs, ask questions, and offer your ideas. We’ve set up a suggestion box in the lobby and welcome your emails and phone calls to 781-585-0517 x122 or

What we did in November 2015

The Committee met twice in November to review data on new construction versus renovation/expansion. The data makes it clear that new construction provides a better position on the site, a more efficient floor plan, and greater flexibility for future needs. The cost difference is fairly small between the two approaches. Based on this data, the Committee took a provisional vote to support new construction at the current location. We will be giving a project update to the Finance Committee and Capital Planning Committee on December 14th and the Board of Selectmen on December 15th.

Plans are underway to present preliminary designs to residents at two public forums on January 5th, at 2 pm and 7 pm at the Library. We hope you will join us to see the proposal so far and give us your thoughts.

What we did in October 2015

After looking at two alternate sites, we concluded that 6 Green Street is still the best location for the town’s library. It’s close to other town buildings with related functions, provides a good transition between the downtown area and the mostly residential historical district, has enough parking, room for expansion, and it’s easy to find. In our various surveys and public forums, people have repeatedly told us that they like the current location.

At our October meeting, the architects presented two preliminary designs to help us evaluate whether a renovation/expansion or new construction would be the best approach to meeting the space and service needs. The committee has asked for costs of both approaches as part of the data we will use to make that decision. We expect to make that decision at the end of November, and we will then be able to develop designs for whichever approach is selected. We will present the preliminary design to the Board of Selectmen on December 15th and to residents at a public forum on January 5th.

We also met with the planners the Town has hired, to bring them up to date on what we’re doing as they work on the town’s new Master Plan.

What we did in September 2015

We met twice in September, to review possible sites and approaches for the expansion space we need. We also presented the project to the Board of Selectmen at their September 22nd meeting. Here is a link to that presentation on the PACTV website. The library presentation starts at 1 hr and 3 minutes in and continues to the end. We will be offering a couple of public forums soon. In the meantime, we welcome your questions and comments. You can speak with any member of the committee or with Library Director Sia Stewart.

What we did in August 2015

We held our first meeting with Oudens Ello Architecture to review project goals and schedule. We set a preliminary schedule that includes a presentation to the Board of Selectmen for a project update on September 22nd, as well as two or three public meetings to update residents about the project. These will be oppportunities for you to learn about the project and for us to get your reactions and feedback to the design ideas at several stages. Watch for announcements about dates and locations!

What we did in July 2015

We interviewed three architect firms and selected a finalist: Oudens Ello Architecture. We’ve seen some of their work already — they designed the new libraries in Millis and West Tisbury. Two other projects of theirs are under construction now: the new libraries in Eastham and Scituate. We’re very excited about working with them on a great solution to Kingston’s library space issues.


We’re also happy to welcome a new member to our committee, Selectmen Lindsay Wilson. He brings a deep knowledge of the laws and regulations that affect this project, as well as an understanding of Kingston’s planning, finances, and procedures that will be very valuable to us.

What we did in June 2015

We issued an RFQ for architectural services in June, conducted a walk-through of the building for nine firms, and received six responses to the RFQ. We’ll review the responses and interview finalists in July. We hope to select a firm and have a signed contract by the end of July. Then we’ll begin the exciting work of beginning to develop a design and cost proposal for Kingston’s future library. Stay tuned for updates!

What we did in May 2015

Our Building Program has been completed, approved by the Committee and by the Library Trustees, and submitted to the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. We’re on our way!

We have hired and begun working with an Owner’s Project Manager, Jon Lemieux of The Vertex Companies. Jon’s first task is to help the Committee prepare and issue a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for an architect. The architect will conduct a feasibility study of the current location (and check to see if there might be any better sites in Kingston), and then begin the work of creating schematic designs from our Building Program.

During May, the Committee also visited the public libraries in Pembroke, Carver, and Lakeville, to see what ideas we might want to include in our own design.

What we did in April 2015

Owner’s Project Manager (OPM) applications have been received and reviewed by an Ad Hoc Library Building Review Committee consisting of Town Administrator Robert Fennessy, Building Inspector Paul Armstrong, Library Trustee Vanessa Verkade, Library Director Sia Stewart, and LBSC member Jack Burrey. Interviews with the finalists are scheduled for April 30th. We hope to have a signed contract and commence work with the OPM by mid-May.

The LBSC has accepted a building program from consultant Cheryl Bryan. Further edits will be made before the Committee votes on a final Building Program to present to the Library Trustees on May 5th. Once approved, the Program will be sent to the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and will be the basis for the proposal we develop over the next year, to present to the Town in March and April 2016.

We are also scheduling further informational visits to area libraries in May.