Law Tower Renovation
The 18-story Law Tower is undergoing a complete renovation during the 2014-15 academic year. The design faithfully rehabilitates most of Sert's original tower while taking deliberate measures within the original architect's design vocabulary to make the existing buildings more acceptable to the 21st century needs of its inhabitants. All windows are being replaced with thermally insulated units reflecting the pattern and profile of the original building. The exterior concrete panels that define the building's architectural aesthetic are being totally refurbished. The tower is being revamped with new mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, larger bathrooms, and modern facilities to house the school's administrative departments, faculty offices, moot courtrooms and writing programs.
The spalled cast-in-place concrete of the existing building is being repaired where needed, and care is being taken to match existing color and texture as much as possible. Precast fins and other precast elements on the exterior are being repaired or replaced as necessary. All exterior concrete is being cleaned. Some of the full-story precast panels are being replaced with glass in a manner consistent with the original compositional intent of the building façade.