Description: The architects created a finely scaled building. The open workspaces on the North side take advantage of abundant natural illumination while mechanical equipment is clustered in dropped ceiling surrounding the core. Up-lights in custom workstations illuminate the resulting uncluttered slabs, enhancing the building's transparency.
Each floor's circulation is organized by a gently folded wall of bookcases punctuated by portals into private offices. Custom furniture throughout is moveable, including the specialized equipment of the Special Collections Conservation Laboratory- a state-of-the-art facility for treatment of rare books, manuscripts, and maps.
Renewable and recycled materials including FSC-certified wood for finished and custom furniture were used throughout. Innovative lighting, air quality, geothermal heating and cooling systems, and storm water management, earned USGBC's prestigious LEED GOLD certification.
Executed in collaboration with LWA of Boston.
Preservation Center Website: Weissman Preservation Center