UPDATE: August 25, 2017
The Martin E. (’59) and Laurie Kaplan Computing & Technology Center is open on schedule.
Staff at the New Help Desk
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.
Removal of the North Wall (4/17/2017)
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.
Group Collaboration Room Being Painted
New IT Help Desk Under Construction
Building a Printer Alcove
Carpentry Work in Aisle Facing New Help Desk
Installing Wheelchair Height Counters
Wiring the Help Desk Staff Area
Collaboration Area Before Installation of Glass Walls
REPRINT OF AN EARLIER POST
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.
South side of the lab including collaboration rooms
South side of the lab showing the help desk
South side of the lab from above showing help desk and entrance
North side of the lab with lounge seating and individual work stations from above
Printer alcove and bring-your-own-device area