Renovating the Lawrence and Eris Field Building at 17 Lexington Avenue
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What will Phase 1A involve and how long will it take?
A: Phase 1A involves major structural
and architectural modifications to allow for building systems
infrastructure upgrades to the existing building. The project will
include new electrical service, modernization of existing elevators,
new chiller plant to provide centralized air conditioning, a sprinkler
system and emergency generator. Phase 1A will also include a fully
renovated Entrance Lobby along Lexington Avenue that will be fully ADA
accessible. The work of the project will be phased and construction is
anticipated to take three years.
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.
Note: There will be areas where
pedestrian overhead protection will not be provided. The contract
specifically identifies protection be provided throughout the duration
of the project in the alleyways between 17 Lex, 135 and 137 E. 22nd Street and along 23rd Street when the 23rd Street is in use. Overhead protection will always be provided where
required for overhead work such as the façade investigation or
installation of the exterior piping.
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.
Note: Due to adjacent projects and
meetings with DOT a traffic lane must be kept open at all times along
Lexington Ave. This is still in development, but it is anticipated
that a sidewalk closure and pedestrian walkway will occur on Lexington
Ave. On 23rd Street there will be a lane closure and
pedestrian walkway placed in the street during working hours, which
will be re-opened each day at the conclusion of the work day 3 p.m. We
will also be relocating the bus stop on 23rd Street.
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 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 building access (for employees, students, and deliveries) be impacted by the construction Phase 1A?
A: Access to the building will be
maintained at all times throughout construction. In the early phases
of the project the entrance on Lexington Avenue will remain open. As
the project advances, work to the Lexington Avenue entrance and new
lobby will require that the entrance be closed. To facilitate the
closure, a new entrance will be opened on 23rd Street.
Notification and signage will be provided well in advance to notify
occupants of coming changes to the building access.
Q: What will be different about the building once Phase 1A is complete?
A: The building will have a new Entrance
Lobby designed with glass storefront facing Lexington Avenue. The new
ADA compliant entrance along with modernized elevators will provide
ready access for Baruch College students, faculty and staff to the
building's classrooms and academic resources. Upgraded infrastructure
will enhance operations of existing systems and allow for future
upgrades and renovation projects.
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. The
original lighting fixtures flanking the Lexington Avenue entrance have
been meticulously restored and relocated to the 23rd Street entrance.
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 East 23rd Street upper-level floors. When complete, the building
will have an aesthetic mix of 1920s 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 general feedback and other community inquiries,
please contact a member of the Baruch College Office of Communications,
Marketing & Public Affairs:
Q: Who is involved with the 17 Lex renovation and what is project timeframe for Phase 1?
Start Date: 1/25/2017
Completion Date: 1/25/2020
Managing Agent: CUNY Facilities, Planning and Construction Management (FPCM)
Architect: Davis Brody Bond
Manager: The LiRo Group