One of the most prominent and unique features of the Jessie Ball duPont Center, originally built as the Haydon Burns Library in 1965, are the 88 two-story cast concrete fins applied vertically along all four elevations. In addition to providing visual texture to the exterior, the fins also act as an important structural element of the building, stabilizing and protecting the exterior against winds up to 120 miles per hour. The second and third floors of the south elevation are horizontally defined on the exterior by glass panels placed between the fins. These panels, as well as the exterior columns, are covered with small multi-color glazed glass tiles, predominately in greens and yellows. As part of the renovation of the Center, our team recovered lost tiles and restored these panels and columns.
The main lobby has only exposed columns and no load bearing walls, to provide as much flexibility as possible. There are colorful glazed brick mural walls surrounding the elevators, and the entry lobby has open floating stairs. There is a mezzanine level that provides access to meeting rooms, an auditorium, and a scalloped proscenium. The third floor completely surrounds an open roof garden, which provides natural light to the offices, while accommodating future expansion.