Arlington, Massachusetts


ABA led a planning and design study for Arlington’s Town Libraries. ABA proposed that the Robbins Library, constructed in 1892 and part of the town’s central historic district, be revitalized with a new Teen area, spaces for technology and collaboration, improved amenities, and additional group study space. A new addition would include dedicated story-time space and a reading area oriented toward the Winfield Robbins Memorial Garden designed by Olmstead in 1911.

In East Arlington, the neighborhood-friendly Fox Branch responds to Arlington’s dynamic population growth and development with a new single-story library. A relocated entrance allows for the collections, programs, and multiple community rooms to be accessible to all.

Location: Arlington, Massachusetts

Project Team: Philip Chen FAIA, Steven Gerrard AIA, Stacey Woodworth (ABA); LeMessurier (Structural); AHA Consulting Engineers (MEP); Code Red Consultants (Code); AM Fogarty (Cost)