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Page Thomas Hunter Hall Dance Studios
Hunter College's Dance Department's Studio Space on the 6th floor of Thomas Hunter Hall recently underwent a complete replacement of its dance floors, which had reached the end of their useful lives. The work involved removing aged floorboards and installing a state-of-the-art Harlequin "sprung" floor system. Sprung floors consist of layers of wood and padding designed to absorb shock and enhance dancers' performance.
Page Hunter College Featured in Latest Annual Edition of The Princeton Review's Guide to 332 Green Colleges
A wide variety of groups are instrumental in advancing Hunter College's stated mission of being a "green" campus. The Office of Facilities Management & Planning is pleased to be among the stakeholders in the campus community whose efforts were important in gaining Hunter an entry in the Guide to Green Colleges.
Page Campus Schools: Playground Renovation
A renovation funded by local elected officials is complete at Campus Schools. The project involved demolition of the old playground surface and a complete resurfacing. The surface was graded, and a combination of artificial turf and blacktop was then installed.
Page East Building Escalator Replacement
The escalators that serve the East Building have been in continuous operation since the building became operational in 1984, and had reached the end of their useful lives. The College, in partnership with the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York and CUNY, began the complex process of replacing these escalators in September 2014. The work concluded just prior to the start of the fall 2015 semester. SCROLL DOWN TO VIEW PROGRESS PICTURES OF THE EAST BUILDING ESCALATOR REPLACEMENT.
Page Lecture Hall 615 West
Akin to the recent makeover of Lecture Hall 714 West one floor above it, Lecture Hall 615 West is a large and much-used space that was in need of renovation. This space was outfitted with new flooring, seating, a state-of-the-art audio-visual system, high-efficiency, variable-configuration lighting, as well as cosmetic finishes. The work was completed before the start of fall semester 2015 classes.
Page West Building Escalator Replacement
The escalators that serve the West Building of the 68th Street Campus had been in continuous operation since the building became operational in 1984, and reached the end of their useful lives. The College, in partnership with the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York and CUNY, undertook the complex project of replacing these escalators. Work on this project concluded in December 2015. SCROLL DOWN TO VIEW PICTURES OF THE PROGRESS OF THE ESCALATOR REPLACEMENT.
Page Casa Lally: Parliamo Italiano
Casa Lally, a former townhouse located on East 65th Street, is home to Hunter College's Italian language institute, Parliamo Italiano. Much renovation occurred during the last several years, and additional renovations that were part of another major construction phase kicked off in the summer of 2015. Parliamo's well-regarded Italian language courses resumed in this space in the fall semester of 2014 after being held for several semesters at Hunter's main campus. All construction and renovation was completed by the end of November 2015.
Page Casa Lally: The Artist's Institute
Casa Lally, a former townhouse located on East 65th Street, is now home to the Department of Art and Art History’s Artist’s Institute, formerly housed on the Lower East Side but now closer to Hunter's main campus. To learn more about the Institute, please go to www.hunter.cuny.edu/art/special-programs/the-artists-institute. The first floor of the townhouse was converted to a modern gallery space, featuring specially-designed lighting, laminated walls, refinished flooring (including radiant heating) and built-in furniture. The renovation was completed at the end of November 2015.
Page Casa Lally: The LGBT Center
Casa Lally, a former townhouse located on East 65th Street, welcomes its latest occupant, Hunter’s LGBT Center. The Center will continue to work closely, as it has in the past, with the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute but is now located in its handsome new home just down the street from Roosevelt House. Hunter College has emerged as a national center for research and public policy in LGBT studies. Construction and renovation was completed at the end of November 2015.
Page Campus Schools: Photo Lab Conversion
The Campus Schools Art Department has converted one of its spaces from a photographic "wet" lab (using traditional photographic chemicals to develop film) to a digital lab, where computers and software assist students in producing photographic images. Students now enjoy several advantages arising from this conversion, including elimination of bulky analog equipment in a limited space and the ability to produce images with relative ease and speed. This project was managed by DASNY.
Page The Berger Russian Suite
Two rooms on the 13th floor of the West Building were converted into the Berger Russian Suite and are a welcome addition to the Division of Russian and Slavic Studies. The rooms were converted into a conference space and a lounge area, enhanced by themed decor. They also received new flooring, window treatments, a new ceiling and lighting, paint, and signage.
Page B-3 Level Gym Lighting Upgrade
The College's B-3 level gymnasium had been illuminated by traditional, low-efficiency lighting elements. In keeping with CUNY's stated mission of behaving sustainably, this project has resulted in a reduction of electricity consumption. Approximately 64 low-efficiency metal halide lighting elements were swapped for an equal number of T-5 elements designed to produce greater lumen output while consuming far less energy. Additionally, Hunter's Facilities department will benefit from the retrofit by not having to divert resources to replace the gym's lighting as frequently, since the T-5 bulbs that were swapped in will outlive and outlast traditional bulbs by orders of magnitude. The campus community will benefit, as well, since gym classes and activities will be interrupted/disrupted less frequently because the T-5 elements require less frequent maintenance and replacement than traditional bulbs. Work began on this project in the second half of 2015, and as of 12/16 the new upgrade was up and running. To complement the lighting, programmable Lutron "scene system" controls were integrated with the elements to offer a variety of lighting schemes appropriate for various types of events that take place in the gymnasium space.
Page Roosevelt House Sidewalk Replacement
Initiated in summer 2016 and completed in under a week, historical landmark Roosevelt House receives a smooth new sidewalk at its front entrance.
Page Campus Schools: Rooftop Chiller Unit
A aged chilled-water rooftop unit that provided air conditioning at Campus Schools came to the end of its useful life and had begun to fail, after 22 years of operation. In order to continue to provide a comfortable climate for learning and study, a brand-new chiller unit was installed in 2016 and is ready for operation for the warmer months of 2017 and far beyond. The unit serves approximately 20 rooms at the school. This was a CUNY-funded project.
Page Cooperman Library, 6th & 7th Floors
The renovation of the 6th and 7th floors of the Cooperman Library is now underway. In addition to the reading and study space, on the 6th floor the School of Education will have their own library, including smart classrooms, a technology help-and-loan center and a lab for analyzing student-teaching videos. The 7th floor will be home to the new Silverstein Student Success Center, which will bring together in one place Hunter's three student-tutoring facilities: the Dolciani Mathematics Center, the Rockowitz Writing Center and the new Skirball Science Center. The 7th floor will also house a lecture hall and a new pre-professional center for students pursuing careers in law, business, medicine and health. The Library consists of 125,000 square feet over nine floors. It serves more than 20,000 students and faculty. Originally designed to accommodate 9,000 students, it was built over 30 years ago and no longer meets the College's academic needs. The phased capital renovation of the Library is now underway, which will include upgrades to the HVAC systems, lighting, architectural finishes, space reprogramming, installation of condensed shelving, and outfitting of furniture and equipment--all to reestablish this space as a first-class destination for students and faculty.
Page Cooperman Library Energy Efficiency Project
Currently at about 90% complete, this project is a needed upgrade to the regulation of climate in Hunter's Cooperman Library, encompassing floor 7 down to the B3 level of the East Building. The improvements include the replacement of three air handling units, replacement of all perimeter induction units and variable air volume boxes, a new chilled water blending station, and upgrades to the controls which run the entire system. The control system is available to engineers via desktop computer, which means that the system can be monitored, programmed and controlled remotely and conveniently. Additionally, tinted film is being applied to all windows on floors 7 and below, which will block a high percentage of heat and UV rays that would normally pass into the building and increase interior heat load. These efforts will all result in a more comfortable environment in which to study and learn, with the added benefit of energy efficiencies.
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