Jesup to unveil plans for expanded facility



Scott Simons of Scott Simons Architects will gather input from the community about a planned expansion of the Jesup Memorial Library on Dec. 11. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE JESUP

Scott Simons of Scott Simons Architects will gather input from the community about a planned expansion of the Jesup Memorial Library on Dec. 11.
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE JESUP

BAR HARBOR — Get a glimpse of the Jesup Memorial Library’s future with Scott Simons Architects on Friday, Dec. 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the Jesup.

The Jesup has hired Scott Simons Architects to support planning work for renovation and expansion of the library. Simons and his team are now working on the design development and cost estimate for the project. Architects will be on hand to talk about how they have approached the renovation and expansion, focusing on how the project meets both the community’s needs now and in the future while still being financially sustainable. They also will answer questions about their work and solicit community input at the meeting.

“We selected Scott Simons Architects because we were excited by the creative work they have done with other libraries,” said Ruth Eveland, Jesup Memorial Library director. “They really understand how to help us create the space for the next hundred years of Jesup’s library service.” The Jesup was built in 1911 as Bar Harbor’s library, and this is the first expansion in its 104-year existence.

Scott Simons Architects has worked with libraries across the state and has done renovations, additions and new buildings for more than 21 libraries. The company recently worked with the Bangor Public Library on its current renovation and addition and has experience harmoniously joining new additions with historic buildings. Scott Simons has more than 30 years of experience, is a founding member of the Portland Society of Architects, is on the American Institute of Architects Maine board of directors and has served as a design critic at the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University, Northeastern University and others.

Contact the Jesup at 288-4245 or email kchagnon@jesuplibrary.org.