Three Firms Chosen to Respond to RFP for Library’s Plan for the Future

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The Maplewood Library Board of Trustees has voted unanimously to invite three firms to respond to a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a conceptual design for the future of the Main Library at 51 Baker St. A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) was issued in February. After receiving 39 responses, the library has selected three award-winning firms for their talent, vision and wealth of experience designing libraries and civic buildings.

The firms are:

The three firms have a deadline of early September for submitting their proposals. They will then be interviewed by the Library Board and Library Building Committee, and shortly thereafter one will be selected to begin designing a library for Maplewood’s   future. The selected firm will begin an extensive process of gathering data and conducting analyses (geographic, environmental, legal, etc.). They will reach out to the community, and there will be opportunities for residents to offer their input for a shared creative vision.

“We are very excited at the prospect of building a beautiful 21st-century library that reflects the energy and spirit of our diverse community,” says Dr. Katherine McCaffrey, President of the Library Board of Trustees. “We have an amazing opportunity to fully capture the library’s physical connection to Memorial Park, one of our town’s greatest treasures.”

The Maplewood Library is an invaluable resource that has been the heart of the community for over 100 years. This endeavor is an investment for the future of every citizen of Maplewood. More information, including the Library’s Building Plan and existing floor plans and details can be found on the library’s website.

Questions may be directed to Sarah Lester at 973-762-1622 or slester@maplewoodlibrary.org.