Renovating and Preserving Historical Buildings

What do you need to consider when renovating a historical building? Join this session to find out. Examples will be shared from public and academic libraries. Concepts will be scalable to all sizes and types of libraries.

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Oct 08 2021


3:00 pm - 4:00 pm




  • Felton Thomas
    Felton Thomas
    Director, Cleveland Public Library

    Felton Thomas, Jr., was appointed director of the Cleveland (Ohio) Public Library (CPL) in January 2009. Prior to accepting the position of director of CPL, Felton served as director of Regional Branch Services for the Las Vegas-Clark County (Nev.) Library District and President of the Nevada Library Association. He has served as a President of the Public Library Association, and was named to the Aspen Institute’s Task Force on Learning and the Internet in 2014. His awards and accomplishments include being selected as White House Champion of Change for Making in 2016, and the Civic Leader of the Year in 2020 by the SCLC Cleveland.

  • Meg Delaney
    Meg Delaney
    Regional Manager, Toledo Lucas County Public Library

    Meg Delaney is a Regional Manager for the Toledo Lucas County Public Library. Goal setting, employee motivation, and community engagement are central to her daily work. She has participated in three building projects: new construction of a branch library; renovation of a 1917 federal post office that had been adapted to library use; and most recently renovation of all the public spaces in Toledo’s historic Main Library.

  • Peter J. Bolek
    Peter J. Bolek
    President and Director of Design, HBM Architects

    As design principal and President of HBM Architects, Peter Bolek is the heart of the firm’s collaborative working model and takes an active role in both strategic and detailed design solutions in the studio. His passion lies in the belief that in addition to solving the complex and pragmatic needs of a client’s program, design has the transformative power to enhance our everyday life experiences. Peter provides design leadership and insight into all the firm’s projects.

    Peter has over 25 years of experience with public sector clients and detailed experience with work on historic structures including over a dozen Carnegie Libraries and numerous other historic structures. Some of which have been transformed from County Jails, Court Houses, Manufacturing buildings etc. to exceptional 21st Century Libraries. With a strong emphasis on sustainability and the integration of LEED strategies, the firm’s designs include multifaceted solutions spanning many styles from historic to contemporary and have been recognized by the American Institute of Architects, Association of Licensed Architects, Library Journal Magazine, and American Libraries Magazine for excellence in design.