Information on the upcoming WTML renovation project will be posted here as soon as it's available and in reverse chronological order. Please check back for updates and subscribe to the Town's eNotification system to receive real-time updates via email. (Scroll down for instructions on how to subscribe for New and Existing users.)
Latest Update: April 15, 2020
The following project update and floor plan images were provided by the architect, TSKP Studio:
Welles Turner Addition/Renovation Project Narrative
April 15, 2020
Addition GSF: 2,700 SF
Total Library GSF: 36,500 SF
The way we research, learn and communicate is evolving. The modern public library is now a place where people of all ages meet to discover and exchange ideas. It is comprised of flexible spaces that allow for small group individual study, large group instruction, and innovative thinking. It supports future-ready programming which reflects skills that provide patron readiness for a future that requires flexibility, adaptability, and critical thinking. It is an incubator of new ideas.
The project refreshes the public spaces of Welles-Turner Memorial Library to best serve the current and future needs of the growing Town of Glastonbury. It includes:
- Additional spaces and seats for co-working, and small group meetings.
- A central multi-use Commons space with movable furniture that may be re-arranged to seat an audience of 100+.
- Additional adult stack space and quiet reading areas.
- An enlarged Children’s area with age-appropriate stack heights, daylight, and access to a newly paved children’s terrace.
- The Young adult area is furnished for small group, individual study, and technological collaboration with direct access to the Maker Space.
- A “maker space”, housed in the first floor of the addition. A maker space is a community resource for sharing equipment and technological expertise.
The design for the Welles-Turner Memorial Library is fresh and modern, while retaining historical and traditional elements that carefully knit the building into the existing contextual fabric of the town. With deference to the original building, which was constructed on the site of the former home of the library’s original benefactor, Harriet Welles Turner Burnham, the addition exterior is clad with materials reminiscent of the Town’s rural past, such as stone walls and board siding. Modern windows and skylights, connect the interior to the surroundings.
Update: February 27, 2020
The library renovation / expansion project includes a two-story addition to the southwest side of the current building as well as re-configuring existing space to provide:
- More space for children’s activities
- Expanded teen area
- Dedicated maker space
- Space for focused and collaborative work for all ages
- Comfortable furniture
- Space to house current collection with room for growth
Construction is likely to start in the summer. For more information as plans progress, please subscribe to the Town's eNotification system at www.glastonbury-ct.gov/enotify and select the "Library Renovation" category under the News heading.
Update: January 31, 2020
The WTML building project is in final design. The plans are under review by the required town commissions, culminating with a final review by the Town Planning and Zoning Commission. The Town expects to bid the project this spring, with construction to begin this summer. It will be a phased construction to allow the library to remain open for the duration.
Information will be posted as it becomes available on the town website as well as the WTML newsletter, library website, and on the library Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Welles-Turner-Memorial-Library. To receive real-time updates to your email inbox on this project, please sign up for eNotifications. Visit www.glastonbury-ct.gov/enotify and choose the "Library Renovation" category under the "News" heading. All updates will also be available here on this dedicated web page.
Update: August 9, 2019
In November 2018, Glastonbury voters approved the $6.5 million library renovation and expansion project, which will provide approximately 3,700 square feet of new space at the Welles-Turner Memorial Library (WTML). Project design components will include an expansion to the Teen and Children’s areas, a dedicated makerspace*, and renovations to the existing library.
The Second Century Fund has pledged $1 million towards the WTML expansion/renovation and the Friends of Welles-Turner Memorial Library have pledged $100,000 to the project. Additionally, the Town of Glastonbury was awarded a $1 million library construction grant from the Connecticut State Library to support this project.
TSKP STUDIO, located in Hartford, has been selected to provide architectural services for the project. Their library experience includes expansion/renovation projects at the Wilton, CT Public Library and the Park Street Branch of the Hartford Public Library. They also created the YouMedia (makerspace) at the Hartford Public Library. For more information on their firm, please visit www.tskpstudio.com.
A project timeline will be solidified over the coming months and updates will be posted to the town website as soon as they are available. To help keep community members apprised of project updates, the Town has created a new, dedicated category for its eNotification system. Please visit www.glastonbury-ct.gov/enotify to subscribe or update your preferences and select the “Library Renovation” category listed under the News heading. (See screenshot below). Upon subscribing, you will receive automatic project updates to your email inbox. Glastonbury has also created a dedicated web page for this project, which will contain all updates and information. This page can be quickly accessed by visiting www.glastonbury-ct.gov/wtml.
* A makerspace is an area where people of all ages can gather to collaborate, create, and invent, typically with the use of state-of-the-art technologies.
- Programming questions: Barbara Bailey, Library Director, (860) 652-7717 or email@example.com.
- Technical questions: Dave Sacchitella,Building Superintendent, (860) 652-7706 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This library renovation project is made possible by grants and funding from the following sources:
- Second Century Fund - $1,000,000
- Friends of the Welles-Turner Memorial Library - $100,000
- State of Connecticut Library grant - $1,000,000
February 2014 Request for Qualifications (RFQ) issued
TLB Architecture, Chester, CT hired.
January – May 2015 Architect meets with key staff. stakeholders, & public and evaluate current conditions
November 2015 Space Planning and Design Study Report issued
July 2016 Presentation of Space Planning results to Town Council
May 2018 Review results of Space Study with Town Council in preparation for referendum
Second Century Fund pledges $1 million
Friends WTML pledge $100,000
July 2018 Administrative and board/commission review
July - August 2018 Public hearings
August 2018 Town Council votes to send project to referendum
November 2018 Public referendum. Question passed (8686-8575)
Town awarded $1 million public library construction grant from Connecticut State Library
May 2019 TSKP Studio, Hartford, CT hired to complete final design
eNotification Subscriber Information...
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