The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was founded in 1861 after a proposal was submitted by William Barton Rogers to create an institute that combined the elements of a professional and liberal school to address the increased industrialization of America. The institute today consists of five schools and one college that educates with a strong emphasis on science, engineering, and technological education and research. Included on MIT’s campus is a chapel designed by famed architect Eero Saarinen. This building bears a unique cylindrical design that serve as a place for worship to MIT’s diverse community.
Grand Light was selected to restore and modify the exterior and interior fixtures. The restoration of these historic fixtures included cleaning, repair of any mechanical deficiencies, removal of existing paint, an application of a new refinish with a UV resistant protective top coat. In addition to restoration, Grand Light technicians modified the fixtures to incorporate LED technology.
“The project team worked carefully with design and fabrication specialists, including glass restoration artisans, to restore the concrete, waterproofing, ornamental steel, and leaded glass in one of the most visited buildings on the MIT campus.”
“The American Institute of Architects has a long tradition of recognizing individuals and organizations for their outstanding achievements in support of the profession of architecture and the AIA.”
“The primary purpose in renovating both Kresge and the Chapel was to provide increased weather-ability, better energy performance, and increased safety, comfort and accessibility – while reinforcing and enhancing the historic character of each building.”
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