AAS, Historic Collections Storage Addition

Location

Worcester, MA

Client

American Antiquarian Society

Delivery Method

CMAR

square footage

99,000 SF

Overview

The American Antiquarian Society (AAS) hired Linbeck to serve as Construction Manager for a major collections-storage addition to their existing library, listed on the Register of Historic Places. Founded in 1812, the AAS maintains the most comprehensive collection of books, pamphlets, newspapers and broadsides printed in the country through 1876. To expand the library’s storage space, Linbeck added a new, two-story, 12,000 SF vault, outfitted with climate controls to optimize the storage and preservation of historic media. We also added life safety systems and provided limited renovations of the existing 75,000 SF building, taking care to preserve the building’s original elements and finishes. The project required coordinating with the Massachusetts Historical Commission, Worcester Historical Commission, Worcester Conservation Commission, and Worcester Planning and Zoning Commission.

Category
Cultural & Civic, Historic
Location
Worcester, MA
Client
American Antiquarian Society
Architects
Shepley Bulfinch Richardson and Abbott (SBRA) Architects
Delivery Method
CMAR
Square Footage
99,000 SF

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