As Spring emerges after a challenging Winter, progress on the exterior of the addition has been rapid. Yesterday and today, you may have noticed the glass curtain wall panels being gingerly placed on the east end. These panels include fritted glass panels, which have small ceramic circles embedded within them to help control the heat from the sun as the light filters into the East Reading Hall.
Meanwhile, on the interior of the addition, framing of the walls continues. This view of the first floor shows the perspective from the Teen Room looking toward the main circulation desk area.
Finally, in the Richardson, installation of the mechanical equipment and ductwork continues. Before restoration of the woodwork begins in the Richardson Gallery and Frizzell Study Hall, the plasterer is making progress in repairing cracks and areas where there is severe alligatoring of the walls. This photo shows the brown coat, which is the top coat chosen by Richardson. It has a sandy, grainy texture that mimics the stonework in France’s medieval churches.