Project Category: Library

Falmouth Memorial Library

The Falmouth Memorial Library had its beginnings in a home the Library purchased in 1951. As the demand for services and space increased, the Library constructed an addition with a meeting room and additional children and adult areas in 1995. Since the expansion in 1995, there has been a 238% increase in circulation, putting a… Read more »

Portland Public Library

  A new façade and civic presence have transformed the formerly cold, foreboding library building into a vibrant, modern public resource in the center of Portland. By extending out beyond the edge of the existing building, the new façade and the (future) urban screen symbolize the bringing of library resources and information into the public… Read more »

Gould Academy Hanscom Hall Library and IDEAS Center

  SSA has worked with Gould Academy since 2007 on various projects, including a campus Master Plan. More recently, we have been working with them to design modern teaching and learning spaces that provide opportunities for interactions outside the classroom in small, casual unstructured gathering spaces. The first area to be renovated was the Sanborn Family… Read more »

Turner Memorial Library

Turner Memorial Library in Presque Isle had undergone a 6,000 SF addition to their existing library, but the tight budget only allowed minimal interior upgrades. The interior spaces lacked connectivity, flow, and intimacy. Working with a modest $90/SF budget, we developed a strategy that would transform the experience of entering and moving through the library from… Read more »

Berwick Academy: Inspiration Commons

The Berwick Innovation Center provides students with an evolving program to drive their learning experience in new and creative ways. SSA was hired to re-purpose an underutilized portion of their existing campus library to create a student commons and maker space that could be used by students of all ages. SSA’s design concept transformed the… Read more »

Lincoln Academy: Master Plan

Lincoln Academy wanted to update their Master Plan to incorporate recent projects and to plan for a new Performing Arts Center. After conducting programming interviews, SSA met with the building committee every two weeks over five months to review potential site improvements, building renovations and additions, and new construction. We studied connectivity, traffic patterns, academic… Read more »

Springvale Public Library

Scott Simons Architects was asked to design a major renovation and expansion to the historic Springvale Public Library on Main Street.  Originally built in 1874, the Federal style building was grossly undersized for the current and future needs of the community.  A 7,800 SF addition was added to the original building, with separate wings for… Read more »

Rice Public Library: In Process

Completed in 1888, Rice Public Library is a landmark in the community, offering a welcoming presence and a remarkable range of public programming. The Library is currently split between two buildings on either side of Wentworth Street in downtown Kittery, the original Rice building and the Taylor Building annex that expanded the collection in 1988…. Read more »

Student Center at Tilton School : In Process

The new Student Center at Tilton School in New Hampshire is designed to infill the space between the existing Knowles dormitory, a campus icon, and Beaumont dining hall. It will include a café, lounge space, Design Thinking and Maker Spaces, art gallery, student mailboxes, and the campus store. It will also provide direct access to… Read more »

Jesup Memorial Library: In Process

  SSA recently completed schematic design for the renovation of this historic library (12,800 SF) on the National Register of Historic Places. The 9,600 SF modern addition will create much needed program space for the library while respecting the library’s original design. The renovation and addition will create a larger children’s area, adult reading areas,… Read more »