The fifth floor of the State Education building was originally designed to house dinosaur and Indian exhibits for the New York State Museum. The 70,000 square-foot, 40 foot high space, which featured high arched openings and gabled sky-lights was renovated to provide modern office facilities for the state.
Because of the historical significance of the building the project offered several unique construction challenges. For in-stance, the design calls for the construction of three open type mezzanines which added an additional 20,000 square feet of floor space. Also the roof was replaced with new skylights installed the entire length.
Since the lower four floors of the building were fully occupied by the New York State Education Department all construction required minimum noise and disruptions.
Due to lack of staging area careful coordination was important in the introduction of new materials and removal of old. The large materials like structural steel were required to be brought in with a crane through a single roof opening.