Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

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Yale University :

The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale (BRBL) is an architectural icon and its 500,00 rare books and over one million volumes make it one of the most important research facilities of its kind in the world. The building was originally designed by Gordon Bunshaft of Skidmore Owings and Merrill in 1960 for roughly 25 staff and a modest level of acquisition of rare material. Today the Beinecke has close to 90 staff members and acquires roughly 12,000 printed items, 1,000 linear feet of archives and 1,000 individual manuscripts annually. At age 50, BRBL is in need of substantial building envelope remediation as well as full mechanical, plumbing, electrical, security and fire protection system replacement along with programmatic / space utilization changes.

The changes reflect the importance of research, teaching, consultation and visibility as primary functions and the understanding that the library, at the heart of Yale’s campus is central to Yale’s educational and research mission. The BRBL Comprehensive Renovation will include full replacement of building systems, the creation of 2 new classrooms, as well as a reconfiguration of back-of-house administration spaces and modifications necessary for fire and lifesafety and ADA code compliance. Beinecke’s original superbly designed and executed mid-century modern interiors will be preserved and refurbished. New systems will be invisibly inserted into the existing building fabric with utmost care to maintain the aesthetic integrity of this unique architectural landmark. Newman Architects is serving as Architect of Record for this project in association with HBRA.

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