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Renovation work begins at Nassau University Medical Center’s library
An extensive, $700,000 renovation and upgrade project has begun at The Peter W. Addiego Health Sciences Library at the Nassau University Medical Center (NUMC) in East Meadow, New York.
Designed by Ehasz Giacalone Architects (EGA), the Health Sciences Library is located within a low-rise section of NUMC’s Dynamic Care Building, and is one of the largest on Long Island.
The two-storey library will span over 12,000-square feet. EGA consulted extensively with the medical centre’s executives and the librarian in order to develop a list of functions to be accommodated within the space. In addition to research stations, the library will include meeting and presentation areas designed in a manner that would not disturb the regular library operations.
The renovated library’s first floor will house a checkout counter, a lounge area for eight people, 24 individual study stations, a librarian’s office, and restrooms. The second floor will feature an open shelving section, four study group rooms that will accommodate up to six people, and two conference rooms designed for groups of up to 12 and 20, respectively. Both the study group and conference rooms will be enclosed with modular Steelcase glass wall systems to eliminate a noise impact while providing the feeling of an open space and inclusion. They will be equipped with interactive white boards as well as video conferencing and remote learning capabilities.
The second floor features a large opening in the floor, which creates the library’s atrium. The handrails around the atrium, as well as along the stair leading to the second floor, will be replaced with a glass and brushed aluminum railing system.
The new finishes will include acoustical tile and drywall soffit ceilings, Shaw Floors carpet flooring in the “Embellished” pattern, fabric and vinyl wallcoverings, new millwork shelving, refurbished wooden book stacks, and American Olean “St. Germain” wall and floor porcelain tiles in the bathrooms. All new materials and paints are low VOC in order to eliminate indoor air pollution. The new sprinkler and HVAC systems will match the revised ceiling and floor layouts of the renovated library.
The space will feature energy-efficient lighting fixtures, including Selux NEOS linear fluorescent pendants; Advent Reo wall sconces; Aerion 1' X 4' recessed fluorescent FAR14fixtures; and Vode four-foot,wall mounted, fluorescent light rail fixtures.
New air-conditioning equipment will be installed on the building’s roof, including a RenewAire RD4XRT 2,000-CFM energy recovery unit and a Carrier 38AUDB12 one-ton condenser. This will require reinforcing the roof structure with two 10-foot steel beams and connecting steel channel members.
The new library supports the patient care, biomedical research and graduate medical education information needs of the medical staff, faculty and affiliated students. It also serves the larger Long Island community as an information resource for professionals.
Managed by NuHealth, NUMC is a 530-bed Level I Trauma Center and tertiary care teaching hospital affiliated with the Health Sciences Center of the State University of New York at Stony Brook. The hospital is also affiliated with the North Shore/LIJ Health System. The 19-storey medical center, the tallest building in Nassau County, is located at 2201 Hempstead Turnpike in East Meadow.
Stalco Construction is the project’s general contractor.
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