PHILLIPS ACADEMY, OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES LIBRARY
The historic Oliver Wendell Holmes Library is an academic and social center for the campus. The renovated library functions as an integrated learning hub, responsive to the changing ways students and faculty access information, and encourages new forms of inquiry, learning, research, and collaboration. ABA’s design preserves historic spaces, repurposes support spaces, and makes the library a nimble and flexible setting for study and creative work. Book stacks, condensed and relocated, are replaced by collaborative study and learning areas, including group study rooms and a global innovations studio. Archival resources, including the academy’s unique map collection, are moved to the main floor, making them more visible and accessible. The introduction of energy-efficient air-conditioning without affecting the character of heritage spaces is accomplished by recovering space occupied by an outdated ventilation system. These changes — along with a new café, makerspace, and a 50% increase in seating — create new academic synergies with vision and spirit. The Oliver Wendell Holmes Library sets a standard for innovation, historic preservation, and planning for future change.
The Oliver Wendell Holmes Library renovation was recognized with a 2021 Preservation Massachusetts Robert H. Kuehn, Jr. Award for its creative and cutting-edge approach to the rehabilitation and reuse of the library’s heritage spaces. Learn more about this project and award here.
Location: Andover, Massachusetts
Project Size: 52,000 sf
Sustainability: Over 90% of the existing building structure, 95% of the existing exterior cladding, and 50% of the interior materials were re-used in the project. New plumbing fixtures reduce water use while strategically placed recycling and bottle-refilling stations promote sustainable practices in the library’s post-construction life.
Project Team: Thomas Hotaling AIA, Josh Aisenberg AIA, Carl Damas, Stacey Woodworth (ABA); Consigli Construction Company (Construction Management); Odeh Engineers (Structural); AHA Consulting Engineers (MEP / FP); A. M. Fogarty & Associates (Cost); Sladen Feinstein Integrated Lighting (Lighting); Acentech (Acoustics); JS Consulting Engineers (Code); The Sextant Group (AV); Building Restoration Services Corp. (Envelope); Samiotes Consultants (Civil); Kalin Associates (Specifications); Selbert Perkins Design (Graphics); Peter Vanderwarker (Photography)