Boston Public Library
The Boston Public Library, an Italian Renaissance Revival building completed in 1895, was designed by McKim Mead & White. The Boston Public Library needed a complete restoration. SGH was the structural engineer and building enclosure consultant for a major rehabilitation and renovation.
SGH assisted with several projects at the Boston Public Library, including the following:
Plaza Waterproofing Repairs
- Investigated and prepared plans and specifications for complete reconstruction of the main entrance plaza
- Removed pavers and replaced the deteriorated plaza waterproofing
- Consulted on restoring the plaza above the inner courtyard arcade to allow for public space
- Designed a new plaza waterproofing system
- Examined structural capacity of the Guastavino vaulting and verified geometry and load path in the field
- Investigated the clay tile roof, built-in gutter, and copper flashing conditions and prepared plans and specifications for replacement
- Preserved the decorative copper elements and bronze cheneau
- Installed skylights that were included in the original design
- Evaluated the condition of 100-year-old structural wood piles to assess the remaining service life
- Identified extent and location of decay
Structures | Building Enclosures
Culture & Entertainment
Boston Public Library | Shepley Bulfinch
Geotechnical | Preservation | Roofing & Waterproofing
Key team members
Tubular Bells at Lafayette Square
As part of this project, Adam Simha, a Cambridge-based artist and metalsmith, designed Tubular Bells to give visitors an opportunity to play music in Lafayette Square. SGH consulted on the structural design for the bells’ support structures.
War Memorial Pool Complex
SGH investigated the condition of the pool deck to help inform the city as they planned for renovations.