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About the Architects

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The architects for the Library project are Robert Silver and Jon Traficonte of Schwartz/Silver Architects of Boston, a firm recognized five times with the American Institute of Architects National Honor Award—the profession's highest recognition of works that exemplify excellence in architecture, interior architecture, and urban design. Most recently, they received the 2008 National Honor Award for their design of the Shaw Center for the Arts, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Closer to home, their work includes the renovations of the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor, the Lewiston Public Library, and the Boston Athenaeum.

Schwartz/Silver is especially adept at working with issues enmeshed in their surroundings, and a public, or semi–public, constituency. They are skilled in dealing with complex urban situations or in demanding and architecturally sensitive environments – including renovations or additions to buildings by historic architects H.H. Richardson, McKim Mead & White, Edward Clarke Cabot and William Potter.

Schwartz/Silver was chosen as the result of a rigorous selections process in which more than 40 architectural firms were invited to respond to the Society’s Request for Proposals on the library project. Of these there were eleven submissions, narrowed down to five firms both in–state and away. The firm was selected in part for their depth of experience with the issues inherent in library and museum facilities and the associated climate control needs in preserving sensitive historic collections.

Consigli Construction Company of Portland and Massachusetts is providing construction services; their recent work includes Walker Art Museum at Bowdoin College, and projects at Portland's City Hall and the Victoria Mansion. Financing of the project is being provided by TD Banknorth.