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BBB's comprehensive renovation and rooftop addition has recharged MIT's historic Building E52 for reinvigorated academic use and institute-wide conferencing.

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The Municipal Art Society of New York has selected the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum as the winner of the 2015 MASterworks Award for “Best Restoration.” Presented annually since 1988, the MASterworks Awards recognize projects for excellence in architecture and urban design and which make a significant contribution to New York City’s built environment. The restoration category encompasses restoration or adaptive reuse of a historically significant building.

At Longwood Gardens, a unique open-air exhibit overlooking the Main Fountain Garden explores the history and vision behind “New Heights: The Fountain Revitalization Project.”

This past weekend, Gimme SHElter, an all-women team of volunteers from BBB, participated in Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build 2015. The event is part of a national effort to raise awareness of affordable housing for families headed by single mothers in NYC, who account for over 70% of Habitat’s homeowners.

Cleary Larkin worked as an architect for BBB from June 2007 to May 2015. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Urban Planning at the University of Florida, where she intends to focus on the development of local preservation strategies within early 20th-century city planning. Here she considers how preservationists, designers and planners can better collaborate.

In our third installment of “In Construction,” a new series that explores behind-the-scenes building technologies and methods, we take a look at the Main Fountain Garden Restoration at Longwood Gardens and three unique aspects of the project: repairing 4,382 pieces of limestone, restoring the opulent horticulture, and installing state-of-the-art technology to enhance the visitor experience.

In our second installment of “In Construction,” a new series that explores behind-the-scenes building technologies and methods, we take a look at the Building E52 at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and three unique aspects of the project: adding a new conference room on top of the building, using mast climbers to clean the facade, and creating a parametrically modified wall panel system. Faculty have moved in this month, and classes will be held at the start of the spring semester.

In November, BBB DC’s Gretchen Pfaehler, Cristina Radu and Katie Hummelt attended the annual conference of the Association for Preservation Technology, hosted this year in Kansas City, Missouri. It was an intensive few days in the “Paris of the Plains,” the name given to the city in the 1930s during the heyday of jazz, gambling, corruption and wealth.

Prominently located on the Charles River, Building E52 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has reopened following a comprehensive renovation and rooftop addition. The recharged historic 1930’s building houses MIT’s Department of Economics, administrative suites for the Sloan School of Management, and an Institute conference center in the former home of the Faculty Club.

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