NY Public Library West 53rd St. Branch

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project at a glance

Turner provided the New York Public Library with construction management services for the build-out of their 89th branch located at 18 West 53rd Street; situated at the base of the Baccarat Hotel Residences New York.  The 3-floor (1 above and 2 below grade) 28,000 square foot library features many custom installations such as, several interactive media walls and special purpose areas including a Children’s Room and Teen Zone.  Of the more striking features is an amphitheater with bleacher-style seating that spans two floors leading to a 20’ wide screen comprised of 30 individual LED monitors. 
To support these programming requirements, extensive MEP installations and upgrades were required, including: (5) AHUs totaling 48 tons of supplemental A/C, an emergency power system and an upright and concealed wet fire suppression system.  To accommodate these installations, Turner made structural modifications to the existing space.  As well, upgrades to the building’s core included the addition of six ADA compliant restrooms, and new vertical transportation. To ensure the project’s successfully completion, Turner’s team closely coordinated its site activities with those of the base-building contractor.

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