New facilities have been constructed on campus to house the programs and activities that were displaced when Lehman Hall closed in December. The bulk of this space is the LeFrak Center, located on the first and second floors of Barnard Hall. The new two-story space was constructed last fall in the former LeFrak Gymnasium.
The LeFrak Center houses a portion of the library, including reserves, zines and circulating media collection, along with study spaces, the empirical reasoning lab, a digital classroom and two seminar classrooms on the first floor; and the departments of economics, history, political science, and urban studies on the second floor. These offices and programs moved into the LeFrak Center during winter break.
This new space was designed by New York City architecture firm FXFowle LLP, who were responsible for the wonderful design of the existing offices on the second floor of Barnard Hall. FXFowle has fully re-imagined the gym, taking advantage of the great height of the space and the large windows to create a library and faculty offices that are bright and thoughtfully planned with maximum access to natural light.
New York City-headquartered Turner Construction is the construction services company for both the LeFrak Center, and the new teaching and learning center. The company is a leading builder in diverse and numerous market segments, earning recognition for undertaking large, complex projects, fostering innovation, embracing emerging technologies, and making a difference for their clients, employees and community. It was founded in New York in 1902 and has contributed to many of the city's landmark projects, including Madison Square Garden, Lincoln Center and Yankee Stadium.
IMATS, which was previously housed in Lehman Hall, has relocated in Sulzberger Hall and Weber Lounge in Reid Hall. Activities that were formerly in the gym have been relocated to either offsite locations, or reformulated, using existing facilities on campus. After the teaching and learning center opens in August 2018, the second floor of the LeFrak Center will continue to be used as office space and the first floor will be repurposed again, possibly into a public assembly space.