Project

Inspiring a New Generation to Soar

A unifying daylit space reflects an inspirational educator’s journey

Christa McAuliffe Branch Library

City of Framingham
Framingham, Massachusetts

The library celebrates teacher Christa McAuliffe, the educator-astronaut whose life was tragically cut short in the Challenger space shuttle disaster. Inspired by her spirit, FA’s design creates a soaring roof in the shape of a wing, lifting over the main reading areas. Spaces for community gathering, quiet reading and learning more than tripled the scale of the original branch library. Daylit spaces infused with technology enhance and reflect the library’s mission of engagement with patrons in their quest for knowledge and learning.

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Size
17,000 SF
Scope
New Construction
Program
Children, Teen and Adult Reading Areas, Technology Integration, Community Meeting Space, Outdoor Seating Area
Sustainability
LEED Silver
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“This library embodies Christa’s essence, her beliefs and it reflects the way in which she lived her life.”
Lisa Bristol, sister of Christa McAuliffe

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Working with the community, FA sought to create an uplifting and soaring library to capture McAuliffe’s spirit, teaching legacy, and the town’s shared values while working within a tight budget.

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“It took a lot of people working very hard, working towards a common objective... I think anybody that believes in education, that believes in lifelong learning, that believes in involving kids, they … would have to love it.”
Sam Klaidman, Library Trustee