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Renovating the Lawrence and Eris Field Building at 17 Lexington Avenue

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is being done to ensure safety throughout the construction process?

A: The fundamental approach for a safe environment for students, faculty, staff and the public will be in maintaining a clear separation between construction and college and neighborhood activities. College and public areas that will remain open during Phase 1A will be separated from construction by interior partitions and exterior fencing. Additionally, a pedestrian pathway with overhead protection will be provided surrounding the construction area to provide safe passage for those traveling adjacent to the site.

Q: Will local traffic be impacted by the renovation during Phase IA?

A: During Phase 1A construction the closing of a parking lane along Lexington Avenue, as well as a portion of a lane along 23rd street spanning the area of the Field Building, is expected. The corresponding impact on traffic, however, should be minimal as neither closure will affect lanes normally used for through-traffic; the lane along Lexington Avenue is primarily used for parking, and the area along 23rd Street follows a bus drop-off area, just prior to the MTA bus stop.

Q: What is being done to limit construction noise in the area during Phase IA?

A: Provisions to mitigate noise distribution to the neighborhood are expected to include limiting the opening of the exterior wall to enclose noise from interior demolition, scheduling activities to avoid noisy work outside of normal working hours, and focusing work to enclose new building areas in as short a time as possible.

Q: How will the bus stop on 23rd Street be affected?

A: Construction activities during Phase 1A are not anticipated to require relocation of the existing bus stop along 23rd Street.? The MTA has previously stated that the new ConEd vaults on 23rd Street will not require movement of the bus stop and, since the construction area for Phase 1A will only be slightly larger than the proposed vaults, relocation of the bus stop during Phase 1A is not expected.

Q: How will pedestrians navigate around the site?

A: Throughout construction, pedestrians will be provided with safe access to the building via clearly marked pathways.  Access to the building will be provided either through the Lexington Avenue entrance or the 23rd Street entrance depending on construction operations.  The designated path will be safe and will separate pedestrians from all traffic flow.

Q: Will historical details be preserved?

A: The great majority of the building’s historic details will be preserved. This is reflected in the decision not to raze the building and construct a new one. The only visible modification will be to open up the front entrance facade on Lexington Avenue to make the building compliant with the American with Disabilities Act and to make it more welcoming to the public. All other architectural details of the facade will remain whole with the exception of a future addition of new floors with glass walls on the E. 23rd Street upper-level floors. When complete, the building will have an aesthetic mix of 1920’s architecture with modern accents on the West and North facades 

Q: Is Community Board Six involved and updated?

A: The College has met with CB Six’s Development Task Force and has received overwhelming support for the thoughtful planning around the upcoming renovation. The College also held a Community Update Forum in May 2012,which a number of board members as well as area neighbors attended.

Q: If I have a question or concerns, who do I talk to?

For construction and scheduling questions, please contact a member of the Baruch College Campus Operations staff:

For general feedback and other community inquiries, please contact a member of the Baruch College Office of Communications, Marketing & Public Affairs: