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Brooklyn Public Library Opens Adams Street Library; First New Branch In 40 Years

LERA Consulting Structural Engineers is proud to announce that the DUMBO Adams Street Library by Brooklyn Public Library is officially open in Brooklyn New York, the first branch since 1983.

LERA was the structural engineer for the new BPL Adams Street Library in DUMBO. The 6,565-sf (610-sm) library houses library materials (books, media, etc), meeting rooms, facilities and programming space for children, teens and adults. Located on the ground floor of the landmarked 135 Plymouth Building, it is the first new public library branch built in Brooklyn since 1983, and features sweeping views of the Manhattan Bridge and Hudson River.

Adams Street Library is designed with architect WORKac.

LERA helped develop the renovation design to preserve and expose the existing heavy timber structure in the building. LERA’s condition assessment and evaluation of the existing timber informed where and how the new structure attached to the existing timber so that it wasn’t overstressed.

The building was originally constructed as an industrial manufacturing facility, and the new library design creatively incorporates and celebrates the historic masonry and heavy timber construction.

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