Leon and Toby Cooperman Library, Third Floor
The Leon and Toby Cooperman Library at Hunter College 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. A 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. The first phase of the project, encompassing the Library's third floor, was completed in mid-October of 2013. The third floor continues to serve as the main entry. It has been transformed into a state-of-the-art "information commons," fully loaded with workstations, networked printers, wired and wireless connectivity, digital wayfinding, informational monitors, and self-check outs. Most importantly, this floor of the Library provides greatly increased student reading, study and collaboration space.
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|Below, Artist Renderings, L to R:
Reading Room; Information Commons Area; Semi-Private Study Area
Below: Third Floor furniture plan
2/1/13: Below--latest progress.
1/2/2013: 3rd floor work and progress, during winter break
12/3/12: New duct, lighting boxes and conduit work in the 3rd floor library
12/3/12: Work taking place in the 3rd floor library study area
12/3/12: Work taking place in the 3rd floor commons and reception area
|Work taking place in the 3rd floor lobby and escalator area.|
Framing work for (left to right) library reading room common wall; information desk; study hall.
LOCATION: Main Campus, East Building
PROJECT MANAGEMENT: CUNY/Hunter
FUNDING: Private Funding/NYC Capital Funding
PROGRESS UPDATE: This important renovation began in late summer 2012 and is expected to be completed in April 2013. Current construction activity includes framing, electrical, ductwork, and other related elements. This work is all being performed while the library remains operational. Prior to the construction, Hunter staff orchestrated many internal changes, including relocating much of the library collection, preparing new office and work space for essential library functions, and performing a significant amount of demolition work in order to expose building infrastructure to ensure that potential bidders could obtain a clean look at the project, as well as to enable the architect, Calvert Wright Architecture, to produce drawings as accurate as possible. During this phase of construction, the main entrance of the library has been relocated to the 7th floor, in an effort to distance staff and patrons from construction, and to expedite the project.
|June 1: Library Design moves ahead. CUNY and Hunter Facilities officials introduce the 6th and 7th floor design project to architecture firms for their bids to produce design and construction documents for the next phase of the library renovation.|
The image below portrays the 3rd floor library space after demolition: Space for future study area.
The images below portray demolition work that is currently underway, in preparation for renovation of the third floor library space.
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