Transforming 70,000 SF of historic space in disrepair into an efficient, modern facility to serve the University’s students and alumni was complex, challenging, and exciting.
The client selected SmithGroupJJR for the design and build, and we managed the project from start to finish. In addition to adding two elevators – no small feat in a century-old structure – the team sealed a leaky basement and building envelope, elevated the building to meet ADA requirements, and developed inventive methods to incorporate fire protection piping and sprinkler heads with minimal disturbances to the historic fabric. The building’s centerpiece, Heritage Hall, presented the most restoration challenges – and exciting opportunities for innovation. Once restored with wood paneling, high ceilings featuring rosettes, intricate molding, and original bronze chandeliers, the grand room looks virtually the same as it did in the early 1900s with the functionality of a modern-day academic building.