Academic journal article Planning for Higher Education

The Bancroft Library: Honor Award for Excellence in Architecture/restoration/preservation

Academic journal article Planning for Higher Education

The Bancroft Library: Honor Award for Excellence in Architecture/restoration/preservation

Article excerpt

University of California, Berkeley and Ratcliff with Noll and Tam; O'Mahony & Myer; Degenkolb Engineers; Taylor Engineering; TEECOM Group; Garrison/Lull, Inc. Environmental Controls Consultant

Jury Comments

"Spectacular ... before and after photos make you want to go there ... turned it into a glorious place that is wonderful ... excellent, given the importance of this to the university ..."

Project Highlights

* Complete transformation of one of the most important rare book research libraries in the world.

* Houses more than 600,000 volumes, 50 million manuscripts, 3.5 million photographs and famous collections.

* Collections had been threatened by the building's poor seismic rating and HVAC system.

* Modern construction methods optimized environmental conditions, security and telecommunications.

* Library increased seminar and meeting spaces to accommodate more users.

* Enhanced university's identity as one of the world's premier research universities.

* Renovation transformed the interior minimalist modern style to a modern interpretation of the adjoining Beaux Arts library while retaining the historic facade. …

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