LEED Platinum Certified

The new 20,000 square-foot Athol Public Library expands the existing 1918 Carnegie to allow for expanded and enhanced library services, and creating a new cornerstone along the Town’s Main Street in downtown Athol, Massachusetts.  The new addition makes a strong yet respectful architectural gesture to the adjacent Miller’s River – a major part of Athol heritage.  The addition includes expanded Children’s and Adult’s collections and programs, as well as various small group and quiet study spaces, and web-ready laptop bars located within the more bustling linkage between the old and new parts of the library.  The addition is also is the flagship project and keystone of the Miller’s Riverwalk initiative through a colonnade at ground level that behaves as a buffer from parking.

The new Library has been recognized by the USGBC as the only LEED Platinum certified Carnegie library expansion at the time of completion, and is a candidate for the 2015 Library Journal New Landmark Libraries award.




Our school clients rely on us for full spectrum services from system wide feasibility studies to school planning and construction. We understand current trends in educational curriculum and the evolving requirements of specialized learning. This expertise is reflected in many completed new and renovated academic facilities for both public and private schools. Our designs are unified around the goal of creating carefully scaled and engaging learning environments flexible enough to support both group and individual learning.



National and international clients turn to us for informed current thinking on library design. We have acted as the prime Architect and also as a consulting designer for library projects throughout the country, enabling us to share our expertise in a broader geographic area. Our collaborative approach, combined with our understanding of innovations in library design and the delivery of library services ensure that our libraries are vital and dynamic facilities, transforming individual lives and enhancing communities.



Colleges and universities have engaged Tappe Architects to assist with diverse projects such as student centers, libraries, learning commons, dormitories and laboratories as well as campus master plans. Our list of clients includes MIT, Wellesley College, Endicott College, Tufts University, Curry College and Norfolk State University. We have acted as Architect-of-Record and as consulting architect on academic library design and interiors. Appreciated for the quality of our service, we have completed multiple projects on the same campus.



Whether an art museum or event space, we are always interested in taking on engaging projects of all types. We have completed many municipal projects including a combined police/fire station, town halls and studies for combined municipal facilities – often several for the same community. Our portfolio includes residential facilities as well as spaces for retail and hospitality. All of these various commissions have in common a rigorous and collaborative planning process and elegant and thoughtful execution.