New Canaan Library is a phased project which when completed, will provide a civic keystone for the town. The first phase involved construction of a new, 40,000 SF steel-framed facility which houses an art gallery, a cafe, a maker space, a test kitchen, terraces, and a STEM center. The second phase will include lifting and moving the historic masonry and timber Legacy Building to relocate it adjacent to the new building.

  • Known as the New Canaan’s “Living Room,” the Library is Connecticut’s first Design for Freedom project. This certification recognizes efforts to minimize the use of materials obtained through forced labor.
  • Architecturally Exposed Structural Steel (AESS) is used throughout the new building and highlights chevron braced frames which make up the building’s lateral force resisting system.


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