Providence Public Library to Begin Renovation

Providence Public Library

Providence, RI – Providence Public Library (PPL) has engaged BOND as construction manager for the state’s largest-ever public library renovation beginning later this summer. During a recent official public announcement, PPL unveiled their plans, scheduled to begin this August and take place in stages over approximately 18 months. 

The architect is designLAB of Boston.

The $25 million project will address required life safety systems upgrades, as well as make major infrastructure improvements to PPL’s downtown buildings (150 Empire Street). The 83,000-square foot project will transform the Library’s 1950s wing, auditorium, and special collection areas to provide 21st-century library services for Providence and Rhode Island residents.

The event was attended by members of Rhode Island’s congressional delegation, including Senator Jack Reed, as well as PPL trustees, executives, major project funders and the project team.

(l-r) Dan Ramos (BOND), Jack Reed (RI Senator), Kim Silvestri (BOND), Aaron Peterman, PPL Chief Operating Officer.

The project will be funded in part by an $8.8 million grant from the Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services. An additional approximately $4 million will be announced in the coming weeks. A $200,000 grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts will partially fund the renovation of the Auditorium. The Library has undertaken a capital campaign to fund the project and is pleased to announce a leadership gift of $1 million from Rosalyn Sinclair, in addition to other gifts and pledges to date.