University of Kansas Spencer Research Library

The renovation of the North Gallery space of the Spencer Research Library (1960) converted the existing damaged exterior loggia into an interior, finished space through the installation of a new 16’ tall curtainwall between existing stone-clad concrete columns.

Project goals included: Preserving the formal character of the space and its conversion into a spacious gallery for special events and exhibit space; Improving mechanical systems; Adding new lighting; Coordinating the MEP in order to prevent future condensation and moisture due to the temperature/humidity that must be maintained at all times to preserve the rare book collection housed in the space; And installing a system to conceal roller shades at the curtainwall edge, allowing air flow to reach the curtainwall. The ability to limit daylight and administer adequate airflow is necessary to maintain ideal conditions for the Library’s special collections.

The building remained occupied during construction, and its collections were protected from damage.

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