2012-10-03 / Features

Marshall Secures $6M For LAGCC Library


LaGuardia President Dr. Gail O. Mellow (l.) and Queens Borough President Helen Marshall (r.) at the press conference in which LaGuardia Community College formally acknowledged Marshall for securing $6 million for its library expansion. LaGuardia President Dr. Gail O. Mellow (l.) and Queens Borough President Helen Marshall (r.) at the press conference in which LaGuardia Community College formally acknowledged Marshall for securing $6 million for its library expansion. On September 27, LaGuardia Community College formally acknowledged Queens Borough President Helen Marshall for the instrumental role she played in securing $6 million for the expansion of the College’s library.

With Marshall’s financial support, the college will be expanding its 36,620- square-foot library to the second floor allowing for an increase of 58 percent of library space and a 75 percent increase in total student seating.

“Queens Borough President Helen Marshall has been an extraordinary friend and longtime supporter of LaGuardia Community College,” LaGuardia President Dr. Gail O. Mellow said. “Her tireless advocacy and deep passion for higher education is limitless. By securing funding for our research and learning facilities, Marshall is making sure that the more than 50,000 students at LaGuardia, and our community, have state-of-the-art facilities where they can study and engage in research.”

“The library is an important and exciting step for LaGuardia and its students, and it would not have been possible without Helen Marshall’s generous contribution,” CUNY Vice Chancellor for Facilities, Planning, Construction and Management Iris Weinshall said. “Libraries, a place where students come for quiet study and for expanded research, are especially important for community college students who frequently do not have a quiet place to study at home.”

“Under the leadership of President Gail Mellow, LaGuardia Community College has expanded programs and attracted a diverse student body that needs resources and space to continue its pursuit of knowledge and success,” Marshall said. “That’s why I’ve allocated $5 million to more than double the size of the library and another million dollars to be used to relocate the Humanities Department. These investments in the future will yield a great dividend.”

Gruzen Samton has designed an open, airy space whose glass walls will allow natural light to stream into the area. The new second floor space will accommodate 312 new seats. Students will be able to study in the 56-seat Thomson Reading Room, the 30-seat media lab, the 30-seat circulation and open study space and the 142-seat courtyard reading room, while groups of four to six students will be able to meet in the 11 group study rooms. All the student seats will be wired with both power and data connections in addition to expanding the wi-fi service.

Before construction can begin, the present second-floor occupants, The Humanities Department, will be moved to its new space in the College’s C-building.

Facilities, Management and Planning Executive Director Shahir Erfan said the move is planned to be completed by the fall of 2013 and construction of the library is to begin in the middle of the fall of 2013.

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