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Trinity School Library and Great Hall

Trinity School engaged MBB to undertake a major renovation and restoration of their Lower School Library and Great Hall. The MBB team was tasked with fully renovating the Library in a way that restored some of the historic characteristics of the space, improved the comfort and performance, and accommodated the intensive, simultaneous use of the space by students from Kindergarten to 8th Grade.

Our solution included the addition of a glazed acoustic partition incorporated into shelving units that allows simultaneous classes within the library while maintaining acoustic separation. We created discrete areas within the Library for group work, class instruction, individual study and read-alouds, offering students and faculty a wide range of spaces for different learning activities. Flexible furniture and movable shelving units allow the room to be reconfigured for classes, large group settings, and events. All new digitally controlled lighting and acoustic treatment greatly improve occupant comfort.

Our scope also included the addition of an ADA lift to make the Library fully accessible from the Great Hall. In support of the sustainable goals for the project, we re-opened a historic skylight and added motorized sun shading for summer, significantly increasing natural light in the library. Added insulation increases building envelope performance along with a new energy efficient HVAC system.

Like the Library, the Great Hall is a major center of activity for the Lower School. Our scope included a full restoration of the historic interior masonry, as well as new lighting and acoustic treatment.