The new 200,000 square foot Science and Technology Library was the first expansion of the University at
Albany's campus in over 30 years. The facility has a pre-cast concrete fašade compatible with surrounding
architecture and includes a large multistory atrium space with a lobby-glazed wall fronting an open garden.
There were many challenges and a large number of innovative solutions in constructing this state of the art,
$26 million facility. Site logistics were difficult due to the organic materials encountered below grade,
which prevented sheeting from being installed and challenged us to devise a phased plan for installation of
the foundation. The lack of floor-to-floor space and the amount of utilities that had to be installed in
between the ceiling and the structural concrete frame forced the architectural and mechanical elements to
be reconfigured as construction progressed.
Through all the challenges facing this construction project, the New Science and Technology Library was
completed within the time schedule that was set forth, as well as within the planned budget.
The Best of 2000 Award of Merit: Institutional Project, New York Construction News
1999 Annual Award for Outstanding Project, Eastern New York Chapter of the American Concrete Institute
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