LEED Rating System: LEED-NC


Date Completed: February, 2005

The primary objectives of the project were to renovate library spaces and install new climate control systems for preservation of rare manuscripts and books. Key goals in the renovation included:

  • Improve the building systems to facilitate preservation of the collections
  • Facilitate library staffing and function by consolidating service points and public access
  • Improve building entry sequence and enable connectivity between public spaces in Radcliffe Yard buildings, including adding full accessibility
  • Reclaim some of the building's historic significance and character

"Schlesinger Library staff, collections are on the move", Harvard Gazette, January 22, 2004

Schlesinger Library recycles while it renovates”, Harvard Gazette, May 20, 2004

Project Highlights:

  • Renovation of a 1907 building – 100% of building shell and elements preserved
  • Open space preserved; tree shading reduces the heat island effect
  • Energy use reduced by 25% over code

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