Five College Library Annex ribbon-cutting scheduled for May 26

Five Colleges will open its new Library Annex in Hatfield witha ribbon-cutting ceremony at 3 p.m. on Friday, May 26. Tours of the facility will begin at 2 p.m. 

The 35,000-square-foot building will provide shelving for up to 2.5 million items from the Five College Repository Collection and from libraries of the campuses of the consortium—Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith colleges and the University of Massachusetts Amherst—freeing up space on the campuses for new materials and other academic needs. In addition, it will serve as a temporary home for much of the collection of Smith College’s Neilson Library while it undergoes a major renovation.

The Annex is on a 12-acre parcel is at the junctions of the Interstate 91 Exit 22 ramp, West Street (Routes US 5 and MA 10) and Plain Road in Hatfield.

With climate-controlled conditions suitable for long-term preservation of print materials, the Annex will house a part of the Five College Library Repository Collection, which already holds nearly six hundred thousand items for the consortium’s five campuses.

Five Colleges offers special thanks for help in completing this $14 million project to:

Design-build contractor Cutler Associates, Inc. (Worcester, MA), especially architect John Raposo, project manager Sarah Irving, and project superintendent Paul Polinski;

Warren Cochrane and Enzo Scalora of CSL Consulting (Burlington, MA);

Roy Johnson of Jones Realty (Amherst);

Rick Kline, Mark Darnold, David Enberg, Alyssa Black and Rachel Loeffler of Berkshire Design (Northampton);

Mickey Marcus, Valerie Miller, Cristin McDonough and Meredith Borenstein of SWCA/New England Environmental (Amherst);

John Maybury, Robert Foskitt, and Bob Mazzariello of Maybury Material Handling (East Longmeadow);

Consultant Allison Page;

Attorneys Peter MacConnell and Tom Reidy of BaconWilson (Amherst) and Mary Feeney and Christopher Rock of Bowditch and Dewey (Worcester).

Other local contractors who made significant contributions include:

Deitz Construction (Easthampton);

MJ Moran, Inc. (Haydenville);

Champaign Drywall (Agawam);

Wayne J. Griffin Electric, Inc. (Holliston);

Interior Solutions (Lynn);

Kelley Brothers of New England (Hudson, NH);

Godfrey Sign, LLC (North Hatfield);

Minuteman Security Technologies (Worcester);

Rockwell Roofing (Leominster);

S&S Concrete Floors (New Ipswich, NH);

United Steel (East Berlin, CT);

Arthur Cole Painting (Worcester);

O’Reilly Talbot & Okun Associates (Springfield);

Legacy Fire Protection (Ludlow); Nine Points Woodworking (Worcester);

Overhead Door Company (Chicopee);

TF Moran (Bedford, NH);

RDK Engineers (Hadley);

Greenfield Glass (Greenfield);

Country Gardens Landscaping (Sutton).