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Louis D. Brandeis High School (M470) Library Upgrade


HAKS upgraded the library of The Urban Assembly School for Green Careers (M470) (Louis D. Brandeis High School) to conform to New York City School Construction Authority (SCA) standards for library technology and design.

The 4,475-square-foot library was divided into two sections: a 2,390-square-foot open library area for reading and research with a 492-square-foot stack room and a 1,529-square-foot music room, including four practice rooms. A 63-square-feet IDF room was included within the overall library space.

All interior partitions, including the CMU stack room wall(s), with the exception of the existing IDF room, were demolished. The ceiling and floor finish materials were removed to allow a “clean slate” for the new installations. The mechanical system was to remain but be reconfigured, and there was minor plumbing work to replace the sink in the existing stack room. The entire space was retrofitted with new electric outlets to allow for more flexibility and accommodate new computer stations.

A librarian office/work room was built along with a new storage room for stackable chairs as suggested by the school principal. The design intent was to open up the library to provide areas for concentrated research and study, soft seating areas for small group discussion and more formal instructional areas for teaching. A centralized circulation desk was designed opposite the library entrance for student inquiries and direction.