Zartman Construction was the general contractor for the $5.5 million historical renovation to the exterior and interior of the Carnegie Building on the campus of Bucknell University.
The primary goal of the renovation was to restore historical elements of the original construction, while bringing the building’s electrical and mechanical systems up-to-date.
The 15,210 square foot space was renovated in eight months, just in time for the start of the spring semester.
The Carnegie Building was originally constructed in 1904. It is a three-story masonry building with an open balcony on the second floor and a large, barrel vaulted ceiling.
During a renovation in the 1950’s the second floor was infilled and the barrel vault ceiling, along with skylights, were removed. It remained that way until Zartman renovated the building.
The project included recreating the original reading room, balcony, barrel vaulted ceiling, glass laylights and clerestory windows.
The building is LEED certified. The project used 84 percent of the existing structural elements. The building was also made ADA compliant with replacement of a stair tower with an elevator tower.
“Carnegie Building has been a very important building on campus that now has new life and has been restored to its former glory.”
— Dominic J. Silvers, Sr. Project Manager, Bucknell University
The project won the ABC Excellence in Construction Regional Award in 2016.