University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA.
The Hargrett Library focuses on Georgia history and culture, holding rare books and Georgiana, historical manuscripts, photographs, maps, broadsides, and UGA archives and records.
Hargrett Rare Book & Manuscript Library
This project, completed in 2012, was for the newly renovated Hargrett and Russel Libraries at the University of Georgia in Athens. Forty incredible table top glass display cases made in wood were built through unique teamwork with the Tennessee-based 1220 Exhibits Inc.
Zone’s scope was to design and built fully functional table displays including all steel frames, glass bonnets, locking and opening mechanisms, and desiccant trays.
These tables were then shipped in Nashville, Tennessee, for the addition of all the beautiful millwork by 1220 Exhibits Inc.
The masterpiece was an enormous 14-foot-long table top glass display case to display the original Constitution of the Confederate States of America, signed in 1861.
Its 650 lbs glass top was equipped with a sophisticated pneumatic opening system activated through a simple switch.
The challenge was to deliver high-end museum-quality cases that would correspond to the design intent of the project designer, Haley-Kohler, who’s precise vision included beautiful flawless millwork and modern climate control.
The collaboration and communication with 1220 Exhibits Inc. were mandatory to successfully deliver this project.
The table display cases for this project were of the highest conservation standard and met the requirements of the design.