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Thompson Free Library

Library Addition: This project doubled the size of a small, historically significant library in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine.

Program features included a new main entrance, expanded stack space, expanded reading rooms, a new children’s area, improvements to the building’s HVAC system, and new lighting systems. The project also improved access for persons with mobility handicaps across the building’s two stories.

The project was notable for several reasons:

  • The project was located in a historic district and was subject to a historic review.
  • The library needed to be in operation during the entire construction process.
  • Although the building was not a LEED accredited project, it was still designed with energy efficiency in mind. The improvements to the building doubled its internal space while cutting energy operations cost by half.
  • The project was financed by a $750,000 state library grant, and the budgetary restrictions were very strict. The addition made very cost-efficient use of the money, providing the most space and improvement for the least cost.

The total Construction Cost for the project was $750,000, delivered under a traditional design-bid-build contract.

Carter Architectural Design staff led, managed, and designed this project while employed at WBRC Architects/Engineers.