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LaGuardia Community College Library
31-40 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City, NY
Client:City University of New York
Architect:IBI Group - Gruzen Samton
Size:21,000 s/f
Cost:$15 million
Stalco expanded the formerly one-story-plus-mezzanine library, making it nearly 60 percent larger. The students now have additional 312 workstations with powered Internet connections as well as new media and study rooms.
The work included converting a section of the building’s second floor above the library’s existing mezzanine. Stalco also replaced the architectural stair going from the first floor to the mezzanine, and expanded the staircase to the new second floor.
The new floor includes the 2,790-sq. ft. Thomson Reading Room, a 1,570-sq. ft. media lab, a 1,360-sq. ft. archive room, a media suite, a video editing room, a recording room, and a language lab. The floor also features 19 offices, including the chief librarian’s office; 11 group study rooms, a 5,750-sq. ft. courtyard reading room; restrooms; storage spaces; and mechanical and data rooms. Multiple glazed internal walls in this area allow in a great deal of natural light.
Most of the work was conducted in and around the busy, fully operating library, so great care was taken to avoid disrupting students and librarians. In addition, the construction team was not allowed to access the construction site through the building. Rather, it built scaffolding with stairs, a ramp, and a sidewalk bridge on the outside of the building. Construction crews accessed the site through the exterior wall opening and material deliveries were performed either through the ramp or with a hoist through the second-floor opening. At no time did crews have any access to the existing elevators in the building.

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