Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Barker Reading Room & Dome Restoration, Cambridge, MA

This project includes an 8,000 SF renovation and restoration of the historic Barker Library Reading Room and opening of the skylight oculus, covered in WWII. Now, the color and quality of light blend smoothly resulting in a modern, efficient, and elegant 24-hour study space where demand has doubled for seats.


High-efficiency LED lights were added and after nearly 100 years, the rotunda is illumined with a lighting solution that is sustainable and brings the historic architectural details to life.

2014 IES Award for Excellence
2013 Cambridge Preservation Award
2013 Best Projects in New England, Renovation and Restoration: Award of Merit, Engineering News-Record 
2011 Engineering Excellence Competition Silver Award, American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts 
2010 Aon Build America Award, Construction Management Renovation, Associated General Contractors of America

Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger

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