City of Rochester Rundel Library North Terrace

Historic Rochester Library Terrace Renovation

Constructed in 1937, the original north terrace of the National Register designated Rundel Library was selected for renovation as part of the ROC the Riverway program. Located at the east bank of the Genesee River, this project will enable Rochester to better leverage the value of its riverfront.

This ROC the Riverway project removed existing steel framing and a multi-layer concrete deck, replacing it with new foundations and concrete framing extending 25 feet below the surface to bedrock.

The structural concrete slab is topped by layers of waterproofing, a drainage mat, geofoam, a crushed stone sub-base, and a concrete wearing surface. The slab supports new granite planters and terraced seating creating an amphitheater with a cantilevered steel-framed river overlook.

Colored bands in the surface outline the paths of the former subway that existed after the canal was no longer used. A public art gateway sculpture, water play table, carved seating, and a lighted serpentine runnel provide additional interpretive features.

An Award-Winning Project

Rundel Library Terrace Improvement Project Wins the 2022 Reshaping Rochester Award for Design

In November 2022, the Community Design Center of Rochester awarded LaBella Associates and the City of Rochester with the Reshaping Rochester Award for Design in the Large Project Category!

The Award for Design, which is nominated by the public, recognizes an exemplary project that positively impacts people, neighborhoods, and the community, and contributes to and enriches the public realm.



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Rundel Memorial Library North Terrace Reopening and Ribbon Cutting

In August 2022, the City of Rochester celebrated the reopening of the Rundel Memorial Library North Terrace, which overlooks the Genesee River at the corner of Broad Street and South Avenue.

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