STOW — Library Director Tina McAndrew and the Randall Library Building Committee invite the community to submit ideas and feedback for the planned renovation and expansion of the Library.
In 2019 Town Meeting approved spending money toward designs for a renovation and expansion. The Select Board appointed a Building Committee, which was charged with developing and issuing a request for proposals, then evaluating consultants.
The Building Committee unanimously selected designLAB, a design/architectural firm in Boston. DesignLAB has recent experience in updating and modernizing the Somerville West Branch Library, a building on a small footprint with an historical building component, similar to Randall Library.
DesignLAB will offer more than one conceptual design, with cost estimates for each after eliciting input from Stow residents. The Committee will recommend the most efficient design to Town Meeting for final approval.
Since its 1975 reopening, the town’s population has nearly doubled and library use has grown with it. The Building Committee is excited to partner with designLAB to create a library that is right-sized for Stow, and ready for generations to come.
The Building Committee — Kat Copeland, Morgan Hillman, Lisa Lavina, Tina McAndrew, Peter McManus, Brian Patuto, and Jim Salvie — is currently seeking ideas and feedback from all Stow residents. Look for feedback boards and surveys at the Library and around town. Deadline for responding is Oct. 4.
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