July 2018

On Campus: Work continues at Yale University’s Sterling Memorial Library

DBVW Architects has been honored to be involved in the preservation of some of Yale University’s most iconic historic buildings. Beginning in 2012 with the first phase of exterior renovations to Sterling Memorial Library, DBVW’s work has expanded to include a range of renovation, preservation, and interior design projects at various buildings on campus. Currently, DBVW is continuing work on Sterling Memorial Library, a large early 1930’s building situated between York, High and Wall Streets. DBVW added a new accessible ramp, restored the masonry, and reconstructed the moat walls at the York Street façade in 2014. We then began a detailed investigation into ongoing masonry deterioration at the Library’s Wall Street elevation. In 2016, a pilot project was completed that focused on the reconstruction of two deteriorated masonry buttresses and the upper masonry wall on Wall Street. Based on the results of our investigation, testing program and subsequent pilot project, DBVW implemented a scope of work for fully restoring this portion of the building, including reconstructing several buttresses. Historic bronze windows were also restored, and restoration of other portions of the building’s exterior is ongoing.

Yale - Sterling Law Building

Left: Sterling Law Building | Right: Hall of Graduate Studies