As reported earlier this month, Baruch College—in partnership with the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY)—is working to upgrade the HVAC systems of the North Campus. An important piece of this $14 million capital project is replacing the cooling towers on the roofs of the Newman Vertical Campus (NVC) and the Information and Technology Building. These towers play a significant role in the maintenance of temperature.

Unfortunately, this work has been slightly delayed. Here is an update:

This past Saturday, Jan. 28, a street crane successfully removed the existing cooling towers of the Information and Technology Building (see image left). The downside of removal, however, is that there is no direct way to modulate the temperatures throughout the NVC and the Information and Technology Building while work is in progress.

Be advised that campus engineers are doing their best to accommodate temperature-related complaints. The problem: When heat is reduced in one area, another area becomes even colder, and vice versa. Unfortunately, we anticipate that this situation will continue through this week, until the temporary chiller‒moved to accommodate the crane and other connections‒is back in operation.

Expected to be operational by Monday, Feb. 6, the temporary chiller will make it easier to modulate temperature. The first of the new cooling towers should be operational at the end of March or beginning of April, and the entire project is scheduled for completion this summer.

When completed, this upgrade will allow campus engineers to control the numerous components that balance the heating and air conditioning to the North Campus floors and rooms.

We apologize for any inconvenience and will continue to keep you apprised of developments.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Lisa Edwards
Assistant Vice President of Campus Facilities

Library 3rd Floor Construction

 

Library users will notice that several areas of the book stacks on the third floor have been temporarily closed for construction.  During September a work crew will be drilling in the ceiling above these areas to analyze the load strength of the floor above.  We would like to install high density shelving on the fourth floor to allow us to increase space for student seating.  The plastic enclosures around the drilling locations will prevent plaster and dust from spreading across the library. The actual drilling is scheduled for late in the evening to minimize disruption to our users.

Library users who need any books or bound periodicals from an area that is closed should inquire at the circulation desk on the second floor.  Please do not enter aisles that are roped off with caution tape.

The idea to install high-density shelving emerged from planning discussions with students and faculty.  During that process it was very clear that increasing the seating capacity of the library is a high priority.

We regret the inconvenience that this work may cause during this month, but we expect that library users will appreciate the benefits that result.

 

Due to essential air conditioning repairs in the Library & Technology Building there will be no network services, including Internet access and Wi-Fi service, in that building and the Annex Building on Friday, April 3 beginning at 7:00 a.m. and continuing until Monday, April 6. Network services are planned to be restored in the building by 9:00 a.m. on April 6. The Building will remain open its usual hours during the service outage. Services will operate as normal on the rest of the campus network.

 

Baruch College is undertaking an important study aimed at aligning our Library spaces with the changing needs of our users. The ultimate goal is to create a framework for phased renovation, adapting to the changing trends in how we teach and learn in a 21st century academic environment, that will enable increased collaborative and individual study, provide new and enhanced learning technologies and library services, and provide greater flexibility and choice of places to study and do work while maximizing the utilization of our space resources.

One of the critical first steps in exploring opportunities for improvement is to understand users’ needs and preferences. Over the next 3 months, we will conduct a number of activities aimed at better understanding these needs, including:

  1. Interviews and Workshops
  2. Online Library Performance Survey for Students, Faculty and Staff
  3. Observational Studies

Invitations for participation in these activities will be sent to members of the Baruch Community  shortly. Your input and support will be essential to the success of this transformational initiative.

Due to essential electrical repairs in the Library & Technology Building there will be no network services, including Internet access and wifi service, in that building and the Annex Building on Thursday, May 15th, beginning at 6:00 p.m. Network services are planned to be restored in the building by 8:00 a.m. on the 16th. The building will remain open, its usual hours during the service outage. The library will be open until midnight and circulation services will remain open as previously scheduled until 10:00 p.m. On the rest of the campus network services will operate as normal. The labs on the 6th floor of the Vertical Campus will be open until 11:30 p.m., because the main computing lab in the Library building will be closed during the outage. On Friday, May 16th the library will open at 7:00 a.m. and remain open continuously for final examinations until 11:59 p.m. on May 23rd.

The Newman Library will be closed for periods of time during spring break to allow for repairs due to damage from last year’s water main break.  The schedule below is based on estimates from the contractors.  We may have to make adjustments if the work schedule requires.  Please check the #Alert message at the top of the Library’s home page or the Twitter feed from CIOBARUCH for the latest status.

Monday 4/14: CLOSED

Tuesday 4/15: Open from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM ONLY

Wednesday 4/16: Open ONLY from 4:00 PM to 12:00 AM

Thursday 4/17: Open normal hours (7:00 AM to 12:00 AM)

Friday 4/18: Open normal hours (7:00 AM to 12:00 AM)

Please note that currently enrolled Baruch College students have access to the other CUNY libraries.

The Information and Technology Building (151 East 25th Street) is scheduled to be closed from 9:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m. on four consecutive Thursdays: March 06; 13; 20 and 27. This is due to electrical repair work to be done as a result of the east 26th Street water main break in March 2013. The repairs will require a complete power shut down, which will affect all building systems.  On those Thursdays, to prepare for the loss of power, computer systems, wifi service, and Internet access will start to shut down at 6:00 p.m.  The reference desk will remain open until 9:00.  However, the circulation and laptop loan desks will close at 6:00 along with the student computing lab on the 6th floor.  Currently enrolled Baruch students may use labs on the 6th floor of the Newman Vertical Campus across the street.  We regret the inconvenience caused by these necessary repairs.