In adapting two floors of the former library tower building into offices for the Caltech Institute Relations and Development Department, guiding principles for the interior renovation project included:

  • Collaboration is the most critical aspect of the work of the Institute, and the environment - in terms of programming, planning, and character - should enhance and stimulate collaborative team interactions.
  • A chief charge of the project is to balance the need for office privacy (both acoustic and visual) against the desirability to maximize both daylight and views throughout both floors.
  • Specifically, the views north to the mountains should be embraced.
  • Durability in performance of systems and materials is critical due to the challenges of obtaining funding for ongoing, routine maintenance of buildings.
  • ADA accessibility needs to be addressed per floor.
  • Maximize flexibility for future renovations.


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