New York, NY (PRWEB) August 01, 2011
As part of a $1.6 billion master plan to develop the Lincoln Center campus of Fordham University, May 3rd 2011 saw the ground breaking of the new $250 million School of Law and the Undergraduate Residence Hall at Robert Moses Plaza with a scheduled completion date of 2014. Cooper, Robertson & Partners, an architecture and urban design firm based in New York City, designed the plans.
As a revered higher education institute in the heart of New York City, it became obvious as far back as the 90’s that the campus at Lincoln Center would need to evolve to take in the growing demand of new students who want to benefit from its location and academic reputation. To work towards meeting that need, the new Law School, the first of many buildings proposed, will include 26 classrooms, lecture halls, conference rooms as well as moot and trial courtrooms. It will also house a 562,000 volume library. The Law School will occupy nine floors in the building with the residential tower taking the remainder.
In the words of Joseph McShane, S.J., President of Fordham University "Fordham's location in the cultural heart of New York City allows us to draw on a remarkable set of resources to provide academic and educational programs that serve the needs of our students and our neighbors in this great city. It is critical that educational institutions continue to evolve and grow. This development permits Fordham to compete on the very highest level, offering the highest caliber education to the students we attract in New York, nationally and worldwide."
In conjunction with this large undertaking, Fordham University is also expanding the existing Quinn Library at Lincoln Center. As per the Fordham University website, the Gerald M. Quinn Library, named after the late Dean of Fordham College, presently houses 500,000 volumes but the expansion is required to accept books from the old law library. This part of the project is being performed in two phases to accommodate the school schedule. Phase two is starting this month. Modern Office Systems, LLC won the bid to provide and install electrically operated high density shelving systems that will replace the majority of the stationary shelving at this location. This will add to existing compact shelving and stationary shelving that is presently in use within the library.
“By utilizing high density compact storage, you have the potential to realize double your storage capacity without the need to add additional square footage” said Gerry Pisano, Vice President of Modern Office Systems. “Choosing high density mobile storage is the right solution for this project. Phases one and two will provide the library with the capacity to store more than 290,000 volumes, fulfilling their present need and allowing room for future growth. Also, by re-using as much existing materials as possible, we are able to keep pricing down and fulfill our ongoing green initiative.”
Phase two will be completed by September 2011.