Renovating the Lawrence and Eris Field Building at 17 Lexington Avenue

Tree Removal Scheduled for 23rd St.

The Lawrence and Eris Field Building at 17 Lexington Avenue is the historic hub and sentimental heart of Baruch College. This iconic, original structure has served the College’s mission to educate men and women for leadership roles for over 80 years without any significant upgrades. Its critically needed renovation is expected to begin in early 2014.

Before the renovation can begin next year, the construction management company has obtained the necessary City of New York permits to remove a tree on the S.E. corner of E. 23rd Street close to Lexington Avenue. The area under the tree will accommodate a new Con Ed Vault to bring 17 Lex fully up to speed electrically (the building’s electricity is currently maxed out) for the needs of the 21st Century.

  • The construction management company will schedule the tree removal the week of December 9th, 2013; and
  • To compensate the tree’s removal, the City Parks Department will plant three new trees on Lexington Avenue between E.22nd and E. 23rd Streets at the end of the project.

Phase IA Renovation Work Will Include:

  • New Con Edison vaults installed under the S.E. side of the 23rd Street sidewalk to modernize building’s electrical infrastructure
  • New elevators to replace antiquated elevators frequently out of service
  • Modernized Lobby
  • Take first steps toward bringing the building into Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance by way of a new entrance ramp