Computer Lab Renovation Update

The College is on schedule with a complete renovation of the 6th floor student computer lab that will provide all new equipment and furniture, group collaboration rooms, and an expanded help desk.  The new lab will open for the fall 2017 semester. The construction work has now progressed to the north side of the floor where the entire wall will be removed to extend student seating to the windows.  As a result, the lab will be closed from April 7 through August 25.

Dmolition of the North Wall in the Main Computer Lab

Removal of the North Wall (4/17/2017)

North Side of Main Computer lab facing the atrium under construction

North Side Facing the Atrium (4/17/2017)

To accommodate lab users during this construction period, additional computers were placed throughout the Library, including rooms 344, 444 and 544.  Printers were added to the Library’s third floor lounge area and in rooms 360, 460 and 560.  Computer labs will also be available on the east side of the Vertical Campus on the 6th floor from 8:00 a.m. until 11:30 p.m.

Below are photos of the work in progress on the SOUTH side of the lab.  We look forward to announcing to the Baruch community the Grand Reopening of the Martin and Laurie Kaplan Computing and Technology Center.

Painting Lab Collaboration Room

Group Collaboration Room Being Painted

Wood base of future help desk

New IT Help Desk Under Construction

 

Lab Printer Alcove Under Construction

Building a Printer Alcove

Carpentry Work in New Aisle Toward Desk

Carpentry Work in Aisle Facing New Help Desk

Installing wheel chair height counters in lab

Installing Wheelchair Height Counters

Wiring Help Desk Staff Area

Wiring the Help Desk Staff Area

View of 2 study rooms from lab floor

Collaboration Area Before Installation of Glass Walls

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REPRINT OF AN EARLIER POST

The Project

Baruch College is undertaking a complete renovation and upgrade of the main student computer lab on the sixth floor of the Information and Technology Building at 151 East 25th Street. Work will begin on Wednesday, November 16, and is expected to last through Summer 2017. Our goal is to have the entire facility renovated by the start of classes in Fall 2017.  Although we regret the inconvenience students will experience during the renovation period, the College looks forward to providing an outstanding, new student-centered facility.

The new features of the lab will include:

  • An expansion of the total area of the lab with student seating extending to the windows through the removal of the interior wall on the north side of the floor
  • Easy access to the help desk, relocated to the entrance hall area
  • 6 new student collaboration rooms with special presentation and conferencing equipment
  • New computers at every seat plus new printers, scanners, and other equipment for student use
  • New furnishings— tables, chairs, and lounge seating— to support group work as well as individual work
  • Electrical outlets at every table
  • A bring-your-own-device area

Schedules and Accommodations: What to Expect

The renovation will be accomplished in two phases.

Phase one will start with the construction of a temporary wall to separate the lab’s north and south sides. Full-scale construction will then begin on the south side, while the north side remains open. Once the south side renovation is completed, the south side will reopen.

Phase two of the work will focus on the north side.

Note: While each side is under construction, lab computers will be relocated and available on various floors of the Newman Library. To accommodate extra use of the library, temporary additional seats will be available on each floor for the duration of the project.

The architectural renderings of the renovated lab are provided below.

Architect's rendering

South side of the lab including collaboration rooms

 

Rendering of Baruch College wallpaper on lab wall

South side of the lab showing the help desk

 

Aerial view of corridor and help desk

South side of the lab from above showing help desk and entrance

 

Rows of tables with soft cusioned chairs along entrance corridor

North side of the lab with lounge seating and individual work stations from above

 

center table with printer on left and alcove on left

Printer alcove and bring-your-own-device area

 

North Campus HVAC Project Update

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.

Crane lifting temporary cooler in place

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

Construction on Library’s 3rd Floor Related to Possible New Shelving

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.

 

Internet & Wi-Fi Service Interruption in Library Building – April 3 – 6

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.

 

Internet and WiFi Service Interruption after 6:00 p.m. on May 15

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.

Newman Library Closed at Times during Spring Break

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.

Library Building Must Close Early on Thursdays in March Due to Electrical Work

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.