LiRo is providing construction management services for the renovation of this 16-story, 280,000 sf building, to assist CUNY in understanding, planning, and constructing major improvements to the 80-year-old facility to meet the school’s ongoing education objectives. Known as the Lawrence and Eris Field Building, it is a landmark on the site of the nation’s first public institution of higher learning.
About the Project
Preconstruction and construction phase services are being provided throughout the project, which occurred in four stages: infrastructure upgrades, programming and plan layouts, modifications to swing space, and phased interior renovations. It incorporated full replacement of all functional areas including classrooms, laboratories, auditorium, black-box theater, student lounges, faculty offices, and the President’s Suite, as well as the entire building infrastructure. Initial phases included a new public safety office, a new data center, swing space to facilitate construction, and a new lobby. Cost-estimating, CPM scheduling, and Building Information Management (BIM) are important components of the project services provided by LiRo.
Project Challenges & Solutions
Scheduling renovation tasks was a challenge, since the building had to remain operational throughout construction. These renovations occurred during a four-year period, specifically organized to allow continued use of the building.