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Harvard Business School - Baker Library Addition

Renovation and addition to historic library. Conservation lab, archival reading room and basement stacks, lobby and facade restoration, 66 new offices. 168,000 sf.

Weidlinger Associates provided structural engineering services to Harvard Business School for the restoration and expansion of its historic Baker Library. The project included the addition of a new academic center, conservation laboratory, and Historical Collections Reading Room. Sixty-six faculty offices were built along the floor perimeters, along with conference rooms and support services. The renovated lobby includes public exhibit space, and an atrium over a central stair hall admits natural light. A two-level archival basement replaced the existing single-level basement, with new floor plates at each level for a total of 80,000 square feet of new construction (fifty percent of the back half of the existing Library was demolished). The new construction was designed to seismically brace the remaining historic front portion of the Library, using structural steel moment frames at the perimeter to avoid deep sections at the interior and to maintain the 11-foot-4-inch floor-to-floor height.

The building's new entrance embraces Boston's Allston neighborhood to the south, where Harvard University is working with community leaders on its plans for future expansion. The new Academic Center provides seminar and conference spaces for faculty, researchers, and visitors, as well as areas for student meetings and discussions. It also brings together the Faculty Research Computing Group, Baker Library Research Services Group, and Baker Business Information Services Center, improving cooperation among them in support of faculty research.

Completion Date: 2005
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Owner or Client: Harvard Business School
Prime Consultant(s): Robert AM Stern

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