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October 2016
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Topic of the Month: Old Meets New at the Cambridge Public Library

Architectural Firm of the Month: William Rawn Associates, Architects, Inc.

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William Rawn Associates, Architects, Inc. specializes in buildings in the civic and public realm. Their portfolio includes a range of major public buildings, cultural facilities, and college and university projects. Founder William Rawn is a graduate of Yale College, Harvard Law School, and the MIT School of Architecture. The firm believes that successful architecture, through the active engagement of its civic context, fosters the values of diversity, meritocracy, and participation that are fundamental to the American democratic experience. The firm has won numerous national awards from the American Institute of Architects and other awards of distinction.

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The Cambridge Public Library in Cambridge, Massachusetts received a renovation in recent years which involved blending the existing historic library with a striking modern addition. Architect William Rawn designed the new 76,700 square foot glass building and seamlessly connected it to the original Romanesque-style library built in 1889. Architect Ann Beha worked on the preservation of the original building. With old and new combined, the Cambridge Public Library is now 103,900 square feet. The massive renovation has made it possible for the library to expand its services to the public, which includes approximately two-thousand visitors per day. The project is LEED Silver certified and has received more than twenty design awards, including the 2015 AIA Honor Award for Architecture. 
The decision to have the new library be a Green building was the plan from the very beginning of the design process. The building attained LEED Silver certification due to a number of elements, including the double-skin curtain wall, which is the first in the U.S. to incorporate three key ingredients of European double-skin curtainwall technology: 3'-0" deep airspace, multi-story thermal flue, and movable 1'-0" deep sunshades. The large-scale double-skin curtain wall serves as the building's front façade, measuring 180' long by 45' high.
According to William Rawn Associates, "The double-skin facade achieves a remarkable transparency, in spite of its southwest orientation while protecting from excessive heat gain, heat loss, and glare. Automated systems inside the glass wall control heat and glare to make appealing reading spaces year-round. The facade saves energy (50 % reduction compared to conventional curtainwall) and maximizes comfort at the reading spaces. The 3' airspace opens in summer to keep heat from entering the building and closes in the winter to create an insulating 'thermal blanket'."
Some of the other design elements that help make the new library sustainable include the re-use of an historic landmark, the conservation of material resources, the preservation of an important cultural treasure, the maximizing of natural light, the significant natural light introduced through transparent main and north facades and at both ends of the main circulation spine, a skylit atrium, high-efficiency light fixtures that are controlled by sun sensors and zone-specific dimming system, natural ventilation through operable windows in the facade which allow fresh air to flow throughout the year, and a 350,000 gallon stormwater retention tank which provides stormwater management for a 3-square mile section of the city.
With the new addition onto the beautiful old 19th century building, visitors to the library can now choose whether they want to read in the building's original oak-paneled Victorian reading room or in one of the modern glass sunlit reading areas.
The original library, which was designed in 1887 by Van Brunt and Howe and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, had become too small for its collection. The old building was crammed with stacks and historic WPA murals painted in 1934, were obscured. The Reading Room is now properly lit and the murals have been beautifully restored and are visible to library patrons.
"Combined with a newly landscaped park, a 33,000-square-foot green roof and an underground parking garage, the facility has been transformed into one of the country's premier libraries. This project also included open space enhancement and received the largest grant in the history of Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners ($10.7M). The building has capacity for over 275,000 books, 90 computer stations, reservable meeting rooms and a 220 seat auditorium."
William Rawn Associates, Architects, Inc. has won numerous awards for the new Cambridge Public Library, including the Parker Medal for the Most Beautiful Building in Boston, BSA; 2012 CNU Charter Award, Congress for the New Urbanism; 2010 Annual Design Review Award, ARCHITECT Magazine (November 2010 Issue); 2010 Honor Award, New England Chapter, AIA; 2010 Honor Award, BSA, among others. 

Helpful Links for Architects

AIA Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN) 

The Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN), a Knowledge Community of The American Institute of Architects, is committed to the promotion of all residential architecture based on architectural content irrespective of style. For more information visit:  

AIA Interior Architecture Knowledge Community

The AIA Interior Architecture Knowledge Community provides leadership and expertise to practitioners of interior architecture and design, working cooperatively with its members and other interiors organizations to address relevant, timely practice issues, markets, and trends, such as licensing, liability, environmental, and technological considerations. Through the Interior Architecture Knowledge Community, important links are maintained with allied professionals, service providers, and manufacturers. If you wish to become a member of the AIA Interior Architecture Knowledge Community, call AIA Member Services at 800-242-3837, or visit: 


Architect Online's Continuing Education Center

Architect Online's Online Continuing Education Center gives professionals a convenient way to earn necessary continuing education credits without having to set foot in a classroom. The courses listed, sponsored by the companies noted, are accessible from anywhere you can establish an online connection. Just register, read the required material, and then take the test, either through a downloadable mail-in form, or free via a secure online connection, depending on the course. You'll be able to maintain your professional credentials, at your pace, and at a location that works for you. Visit: 


Architectural Record Continuing Education Center

Architectural Record magazine has a free Continuing Education Center where architects can earn AIA Continuing Education Credits online. Visit:

Architectural Record Discussion Forums

The McGraw Hill Construction Community, publisher of Architectural Record, has provided architects with a forum to express ideas, opinions, suggestions, and gripes. The discussion forums are open to all, and include topics such as Green Building Projects, Virtual Design, Practice Matters and a forum for younger architects. Visit:

CORA - Congress of Residential Architecture 

CORA is a grass root organization that encourages our members to participate in the dialog of improving residential architecture in a way that suits them best. The purpose of the CORA is to provide a continuing forum for advocating and enhancing residential architecture by all individuals, both professionals and non-professionals, that share a common interest in improving the quality of the homes and communities we live in. Visit: 

The Green Meeting Industry Council

The Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC) is a non profit 501(c)(6) membership-based organization. Their goal is to encourage collaboration within the meetings industry toward the development of green standards that will improve the environmental performance of meetings and events on a global basis. The GMIC is the only professional green meetings organization that is a member of the Convention Industry Council. For more information visit: 


The World Architecture Community
The World Architecture Community invites all architects to create a free profile on their website. The World Architecture Portal is a unique comprehensive international directory and catalog of contemporary architecture where all architects, scholars and institutions may submit their work and links to share with colleagues from around the world.
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