Much of the renovation involves replacing and upgrading mechanical equipment in the Beinecke’s sub-basement, which is located three-floors below ground. Nearly all of the heating and air-conditioning systems are original to the building, meaning they are more than 50 years old. This stuff was built to last, but it is starting to show its age and replacement parts are becoming increasing difficult to find. Strolling through the sub-basement feels like walking below decks in an old battleship. These massive mechanical units will be cut to pieces and pulled from the building along with thousands of feet of piping. As you can tell from the photos, it is a big job.
(Photo credit: David Driscoll, Beinecke Digital Studio)