Historic Renovation – Accessibility

Improving accessibility to historic buildings

Renovating historic buildings can be challenging when it comes to preserving the character of historic, grand entrances and stairs while improving accessibility. Providing improved access, without negatively affecting their iconic appearance, requires careful consideration of the surrounding campus community.

The Burrowes Building

An extensive intervention culminating in the complete replacement of the connectors to the 1967 wings was required to accommodate the new elevators and light-filled stairs of the Burrowes building. Careful analysis of the future use, visitor entrancing, and student pathways reinforced these locations and the overall approach.

Because the Burrowes building possessed a high-traffic pedestrian corridor, there was opportunity to insert a new elevator into the existing envelope to aid accessibility. Careful coordination of the structure, roof, and adjacent new entrances seamlessly integrated these elements into the existing limestone and brick facade. This integration helped maintain the character of the building while furthering accessibility

This new amenity, united with these historic facades, provides an enhanced experience for all visitors.

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