Tuskegee Airmen christen Melrose High School Learning Commons at first public event in new space.

The newly renovated Learning Commons in the Melrose Middle/High School was the scene for a standing room only presentation by the Tuskegee Airmen on November 7,  the eve of Election Day.

Melrose Mayor Robert Dolan praised the new Library space, claiming that the level of excellence is “almost unseen in any high school in Massachusetts.” The cutting edge educational facility for teenage students was a perfect backdrop for the impassioned message of Dr. Harold May, 90-year-old Tuskegee Airman, Harvard Graduate, Doctor and Missionary.

“I was 15 years old 75 years ago” Dr. May said, regarding the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. Dr. May explained that tough choices had to be made then – and still do today. He encouraged those who are currently 15, 16, 17 & 18 years old to imagine what it will be like looking back at this time 75 years from now. Will you regret your choices, or look back fondly on the change you made?

Dr. May encouraged the crowd to think about how the Tuskegee airmen and the military integration of races was a stepping stone to the Civil Rights movement. He said that today we are still a divided country – but on ideological and social differences. “Looking back 75 years from this day, is there any way for society to be integrated?”

The words were poignant and timely. The large crowd hung on to every slowly spoken word that Dr. May spoke. “We come from different religions, but we have one thing in common – we are all Americans. We are members of the human family.”

Through education and common experiences, perhaps performed in learning commons like the one at Melrose High School and all across the country, the perpetuation of integration that the Tuskegee airmen strove for can continue:

“Remember this always: Act as though we are all members of one family – because we are.”


Lunenburg HS Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

On Saturday, October 22, the new Lunenburg Middle/High School was dedicated. U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas, Superintendent of Schools Loxi Jo Calmes and Board of Selectmen Chairman Jamie Toale were present to offer words before the homecoming parade and football game.

Tappé Architects designed the 167,000 SQFT space to include STEM and collaborative programs including a Horticultural program supported by a greenhouse. Project Manager Jennifer Littlefield participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony.

More photos of the Ceremony can be seen here


Athol Public Library – Virtual Walk through

A new virtual walk through of the Athol Public Library has been uploaded. Click to view


Edgartown Public Library Grand Opening Celebration

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Edgartown Public Library Grand Opening Celebration

Saturday, June 25th, 12pm – 2pm

Hosted by the Edgartown Library Board of Trustees


Varina Area Library Opening Ceremony June 1 at 6pm

Tappe Architects is excited to announce that the Varina Are Library will be opening soon. The 43,000 square foot library is one of 3 recent projects our team has undertaken for Henrico County. This will be their most rural/agrarian location, located on a 26-acre site. Together with a teaching kitchen, the design includes innovative library services including Information Commons, Digital Media Lab, Analog to Digital Media Capture Studio, and a Collaboration Zone.
Tappe teamed with the award-winning Richmond, Virginia based architectural firm, BCWH Architects on this project. Working collaboratively, we deliver exemplar planning and design services for many library projects throughout Virginia.
See additional information from Henrico County Public Library here.

Matthew Barnhart is Promoted to Associate

Tappe Architects is pleased to announce that Matthew Barnhart was been promoted to Associate effective April 1st 2016.

Matt has been a valuable part of the Tappe Architects team for over ten years and has worked on many of the firm’s significant projects. He has extensive experience in the production of contract documents and has acted as the project manager for a number of commissions including most recently the Stoneham Middle School. Matt will continue to work on managing the design, production and construction administration of schools and libraries. The firm is delighted to welcome Matt to a senior role and looks forward to his ongoing contribution in the continuing success of Tappe Architects.


Christopher Blessen is Promoted to Principal

Tappe Architects is delighted to announce that Chris Blessen was been promoted to Principal effective January 1, 2016.

Chris has been a project manager on some of the firms largest and most complex projects. He has extensive experience in programming and design for both schools and libraries and a sophisticated understanding of the technical and logistical challenges posed by many public construction projects. Chris will continue his already active role in firm marketing and management as a principal and firm owner. The current owners are thrilled to have Chris join the firm’s senior management team and looks forward to his role in the ongoing success of Tappe Architects.

Tappe Architects has been selected for the Clyde Brown Elementary School in Millis

Tappe Architects has been selected by the Town of Millis and the MSBA Designer Selection Panel to complete the feasibility study and schematic design phases for the Clyde Brown Elementary School in Millis. The current school is on a campus with the Middle/High School and town recreational fields. Currently the school contains students from grades PK – 4. The feasibility study will study options for renovating or replacing the building along with the potential of relocating fifth grade from its current location in the Middle School back to the Clyde Brown which would result in a PK – grade 5 facility. It is anticipated that these early phases of design will be complete before the end of 2016.

Maynard High School – CHPS Verified Leader

Maynard High School – one of only a few CHPS Verified Leader in Massachusetts – was selected as a case study and the venue for the NE-CHPS version 3.1 Training Conference.*
Cesar Dedios AIA LEED AP and Jennifer M. Littlefield, AIA, LEED AP BD+C led the tour of this facility and provided an in-depth view to the attendees of its many sustainable and high performance features. This event was geared towards assisting facility managers, school administrators, utility program administrators , architects, engineers and others in the implementation process for designing high performance schools using the NE CHPS as an option for the Massachusetts School Building Authority ( MSBA) Sustainable Design Guidelines.  http://www.neep.org/
* Event sponsored by Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnership (NEEP), Massachusetts Facilities Administrators Association ( MFAA) and Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS).


Tappé to design renovation and expansion of the Alexander Mack Library in Bridgewater.

Intended to become the new center of academic life for Bridgewater College in Bridgewater Library, Tappe Architects Inc. is working on conceptual designs to comprehensively renovate and expand the Alexander Mack Library.  Tappe is collaborating with BCWH Architects from Richmond, VA.

Tappé selected for Wayland Free Public Library expansion

Tappe Architects, Inc. is honored to be (re)selected to prepare designs for expanding services for the Wayland Free Public Library.  We will be revisiting a sensitive historic renovation and expansion project Tappe originally complete in 1985.


Tappé Renovates 1951 Quonset hut for use by the “BugeyeGuy”

While Tappe Architects traditionally works with public clients on substantial civic and educational projects, occasionally our passions cause us to direct our skills in other directions. In this case, we are renovating a 1951 Quonset hut for use by the “BugeyeGuy” who restores antique British sports cars – in particular, the 1959-1961 Austin Healy “Bugeye” Mark 1 Sprite.

Current Progress



Libbie Mill Library Opening

Libbie Mill Library opened October 29, 2015. The nearly 60,000-square-foot, three-story building has six study rooms, two larger conference meeting rooms, and several collaboration spaces. Sleek and modern designs dominate the library’s decor and visitors are greeted with an interactive Heritage Wall exhibit that details county history from the past 200 years. The digital media lab’s computers have advanced software along with a podcast station. There’s a dedicated teen section with relevant books, study rooms and computers for limited gaming.
One of 3 recent projects our team has undertaken for Henrico County, the Libbie Mill Library is the largest. It will also become the most urban library in the county, as the lead project in an all-new 80-acre mixed-use neighborhood development, inspiring additional investment in the community.
For this project, Tappe has teamed with the award-winning Richmond, Virginia based firm, BCWH Architects. Working collaboratively, we deliver exemplar planning and design services for many library projects throughout Virginia.


Fairport Library Grand Opening Ceremony – Saturday December 5th

Take a walk-through of the just-completed renovation of the Fairport Library in Fairport Village, NY. Shortly before the grand opening on December 5th, the friends of the library sponsored a Google walkthrough of the interior of the library. From Google Street View, you can walk into the library and stroll into nearly every area.

Fairport Library Walkthrough


Jeffrey Hoover Appointed to Awards Committee

Jeffrey Hoover Principal at Tappé Architects has accepted a two year appointment to the American Library Association’s Library Buildings Awards Committee.