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Exterior Restoration of the New York Public Library - Humanities and Social Sciences Library, N.Y.

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Award of Merit - Renovation/Restoration

Courtesy of URS Corp.
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After years of suffering surface loss and deterioration, the landmark New York Public Library—Humanities and Social Sciences Library, also known as the main branch on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, underwent a $55-million restoration of its marble facade. The project, which was completed in April 2011, included the repair of nearly 3,000 cracks, protection and preservation of the facade's sculptural elements, restoration of the bronze windows and repairs to the buildings, roofs, entrances and plazas.

Key Players

Owner: The New York Public Library, New York

Construction Manager: URS Corp., New York

GC: Nicholson & Galloway Inc., Glen Head, N.Y.

Lead Designer & Structual Engineer: Wiss, Janney, Elstner, New York

Stone Carving: B&H Art in Architecture, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Architectural Conservation: Milner + Carr Conservation, Philadelphia

Architectural Restoration: Stuart Dean, Long Island City, N.Y.

Submitted by: URS Corp.

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