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.


Athol Library – Being Juried for 2015 WAN Sustainable Buildings Award

Sustainable Buildings 2015

The WAN AWARDS Sustainable Buildings category is a major international competition as part of our ‘Excellence in Design’ series by sector for 2015.

WAN is looking to highlight projects where the architects have holistically embraced sustainability without compromising the usual qualities found in good design: originality, innovation, form and dialogue with context.  This year’s entries will hopefully provide insight on the direction of sustainability and assist in understanding what sustainability will mean and be in 5/10 years’ time?



Design work continues for the renovation plans for the 20,000 square-foot 21st Century Learning Commons at the Melrose High School.  The new Learning Commons will transform the school’s existing library into a campus hub for learning, innovation and collaboration.


Galvin Middle School Ribbon Cutting

The new Galvin Middle School in Wakefield celebrated its opening in November at the Town’s ribbon cutting ceremony. At the  invitation of the Wakefield Permanent Building Committee Principal Charlie Hay and Associate and Project Manager Chris Blessen attended the evening ceremony that included remarks by MSBA Executive Director Jack McCarthy and other town and state dignitaries. The final phase of the project remains under construction with an anticipated completion of summer 2015.

Stoneham Middle School Ribbon Cutting

The new Stoneham Middle School celebrated its opening last month at the Town’s ribbon cutting ceremony. Project  Manager Matt Barnhart attended the Saturday morning ceremony that included remarks by the MSBA’s Jack McCarthy as well as outgoing Treasurer Steve Grossman and newly elected US Representative Katherine Clark. Members of the School Building Committee and the community helped celebrate this exciting milestone event. Final site work on the project will be completed in the spring of 2015.

Maynard High School Achieves CHPS Leader Status

The new Maynard High School has been distinguished as CHPS Verified “Leader” through the Massachusetts chapter of the Collaborative for High Performance Schools. At the time of award, only two other schools in the state hold this distinction. This benchmark achievement is the result of rigorous creative scrutiny from the entire project design and construction teams, as well as committed collaborative efforts from the Town to far exceed requirements.  Additionally, the achievement secures an additional 2% reimbursement through the MSBA Green Schools Program.  At the time of award, only two other schools in the state hold this distinction.

2014 Library Journal Design Institute Boston

Tappe Principal Jeff Hoover participated in panel discussions at this year’s Library Journal Design Institute Boston, as well as led an extensive live design charrette for an academic library renovation concept at Towson University with Library Directors, local and from across the nation.

Tappe Architects was a proud sponsor of the Design Institute Boston 2014 event, in partnership with the Boston Public Library and the Massachusetts board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).


Lunenburg Middle/High School Groundbreaking

The new Lunenburg Middle/High School broke ground on October 18, with attendance from several state officials including Steve Grossman and Jack McCarthy as well as local and school officials. Students who will attend the school gave speeches and music was provided by the Lunenburg Band. Principal Charlie Hay and Associate and Construction Administrator Jennifer Littlefield attended the ceremony which took place on Homecoming. The community is thrilled to embark on a process that what will soon become a cornerstone of the Lunenburg community.