Andover, Massachusetts

Phillips Academy—Andover
Oliver Wendell Holmes Library

The Oliver Wendell Holmes Library is an academic and social center for the campus community. The renovations of the Library building allow it to function as an integrated learning hub, responsive to the changing ways students and faculty access information, and encouraging new forms of inquiry, learning, research, and collaboration.

Our design restores historic spaces in the original 1929 building and repurposes all spaces in its 1987 addition. Book stacks are condensed, relocated, and replaced by collaborative learning areas and group study rooms. A gallery space is repurposed as a global innovations studio. The Academy’s special collections are relocated to the main floor, making them visible and accessible to students. An expansive new makerspace supports exploration of data modeling and physical fabrication methods. These and other changes throughout the building make possible a 50% increase in student seating without enlarging the building’s footprint.

Phillips Academy Andover
Completed 2019
Project Size
Restoration and Renovation | 52,000 GSF
Academic Library, Special Collections, Global Innovation Center, Makerspace
Preservation Massachusetts Robert H. Kuehn, Jr. Award
Illuminating Engineering Society Award
“I look at the Library renovation as a means to create a physical center for innovation on a campus filled with ideas . . . this project gives us an opportunity to harness the energy of this creativity in a new way . . . and to share the wonderful ideas students have to tell their amazing stories.”
— Michael J. Barker, Director of Academy Research, Information, and Library Services
“The most meaningful libraries have always been about more than shelves of books. The new OWHL seems to have been designed with this role in mind: creating communities of learning with easy access to maps, archives, databases, tools, computers, and yes . . . books! It is still a library, after all.”
— Corrie Martin, Faculty

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Ann Beha Architects, now Annum Architects
Project Team
Thomas Hotaling AIA, Josh Aisenberg AIA, Ian Miller AIA, Carl Damas, Stacey Woodworth (ABA/Annum); Odeh Engineers (Structural); AHA Consulting Engineers (MEP / FP); A. M. Fogarty & Associates (Cost); Sladen Feinstein Integrated Lighting (Lighting); Acentech (Acoustics); JS Consulting Engineers (Code); The Sextant Group (AV); Building Restoration Services Corp. (Envelope); Samiotes Consultants (Civil); Kalin Associates (Specifications); Selbert Perkins Design (Graphics); Consigli Construction Company (Construction Management); Peter Vanderwarker (Photography)