Initial artist rendering of the Rare Book Room by Miller/Watson Architects. Much of the style of this rendering was captured in the final design of the room.
Rendering of the Rare Book Room. Corner entrance leading to the research and reading room, with cherry glass-door cabinets lining the east and north walls of the room. Door on the north wall leads to a shelving and storage room.
Demolition phase - removing walls, doors, ceiling panels, etc.
The space after it was gutted (May 2012). Door to the Library's reserve room at right removed and walled up.
The future entrance to the Rare Book Room. Minimizing disruption to students in summer classes and bar prep!
End of demolition phase. Removal of one set of windows and the corner of the room to prepare for a new wall and corner entrance.
Framing the new entrance to the Rare Book Room.
Temporary wall and door to the Rare Book Room (from the outside corridor).
Construction phase adding drywall, electrical outlets, and preparing for adding a vapor barrier.
Drywall complete and vapor barrier added to create a climate controlled environment suited for preservation of books, manuscripts, and other materials contained in Library's rare book collection and other special collections.
Addition of part of the ceiling and soffit in the reading area of the Rare Book Room.
Our construction team hard at work!
Looking at the future reading and research area of the Rare Book Room, from what will be the rare book storage area.
A view of the work to date from the entrance to the Rare Book Room (June 29, 2012).
A view from the rafters.
From above the soffit in the reading and research area of the Rare Book Room.
A view of the soffit and into what will be the storage and shelving area of the Rare Book Room.
A view into the reading and research area of the rare Book Room, and what will be the shelving and storage room.
Delivery of the bookshelves to the Rare Book Room (July 19, 2012)
Making room in the space to install bookshelves on the north and east walls in the research and reading room of the Rare Book Room.
Our crew directing where bookshelves will be installed and preparing for installation.
A view from the storage room through a display cabinet on the north wall of the reading and research room.
Bookshelves delivered and ready for placement and installation.
Bookshelves in place on the east wall and northeast corner of the research and reading room in the Rare Book Room.
Bookshelves on the east wall of the research and reading room.
Preparing to cut trim and molding for the bookshelves and interior window panels.
Installed bookshelves prior to adding trim and molding.
Installed corner bookshelf and north wall bookshelves.
Choosing paint colors for the walls in the Rare Book and Special Collection Room.
Paint added to the walls in the Rare Book and Special Collections Room.
Installation of Brazilian cherry hardwood floors.
Installation of the Brazilian Cherry floor in the Rare Book and Special Collections Room.
With flooring installed, work begins on trim and other finish work.
Trim and crown moulding added to the room.
The Rare Book and Special Collections room with the flooring and trim work complete.
Ceiling and light fixtures installed in the storage room.
Adding the drop ceiling.
Finishing electrical work and adding light fixtures to the room.
Adding trim to the outer door.
A view od the computer panel inside the Liebert temperature control unit.
A view od the computer panel and the motor inside the Liebert temperature control unit.
Finished entry to the Rare Book Room.
Finished interior of the reading room area of the Rare Book Room. Display cabinets holding part of the Anglo-American laws collection.
Finished interior of the reading room area of the Rare Book Room.
A selected work on display in the Rare Book Room.
Selected works on display in the Rare Book Room.