Post Super Storm Sandy renovation of the main medical school library and two adjoining elevator lobbies with connectivity to the recently completed Science Building.
LPE was retained to provide project management services to oversee the design and construction of the medical school library damaged during Super Storm Sandy. While the project utilized some of the original library footprint, post-Sandy infrastructure upgrades and programmatic relocations allowed for the expansion of the library into adjacent areas. Design criteria for the project included creating a state-of-the-art bookless library while maintaining a classic feel with a timeline display exhibiting the progression of medical instruments and technology. A rare book and medical instrument display with precise climate control to preserve the integrity of the contents was fabricated and installed. The library includes computer workstations for literature and document searches as well as group study rooms and virtual classrooms allowing for global conferencing. Project scope also included the buildout of administrative offices for both the School of Medicine and Library Services, an executive conference center, a communicating stair, and extensive flood mitigation elements. The library is centrally located to improve campus pedestrian flow. Connections to adjacent buildings, including the new Science Building, were added. Two adjacent elevator lobbies were also renovated incorporating design elements from the newly built library. The project was built in multiple phases with the requirement of completion prior to the start of the school year.