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Medgar Evers College Library Gets a Much-Needed Upgrade




Over the last decade, Medgar Evers College has been remaking its Crown Heights campus with a series of new buildings. The most recent addition is the Ennead-designed Academic Building 1, which opened in 2010 at the northwest corner of Bedford Avenue and Crown Street, and now the old, boring brick library building across the street will be joining Ennead's creation in the modern architecture world thanks to an expansion and remodeling. Ikon.5 Architects remade the 1987 building's drab entrance with an open, glass facade on Bedford, a new 2,000-square-foot Welcome Center, and a cafe with an electronic media display. New York YIMBY spotted the rendering and notes that a sign on the construction fence says the interior of the library will be expanded by "integrating previously unused lower level storage" and connecting "disjoined floorplates."

In addition to better circulation and more open common spaces, the new floor layouts include renovated classrooms, group study rooms and student study spaces. The library has kept a Pinterest page documenting the project, and it looks like it's very close to being complete. Two weeks ago, new furniture was delivered and books were being returned to the library from storage. The Pinterest page also shared a slightly different rendering than the one YIMBY spotted, as well as an interior image:

Medgar Evers is also moving forward with a $15M plan to slim down a block of Crown Street to create a campus quad with new landscaping and seating. The plan eliminates parking, but leaves one lane for traffic and emergency vehicles. Originally, when the plan was proposed 20 years ago, the quad demapped the entire block between Bedford and Franklin Avenues.
· Revealed: Medgar Evers College Library Expansion [NYY]
· Library Renovation in Progress [Pinterest]
· See One College's Plan To Turn Crown St. Into a $15M 'Quad' [Curbed]