The i2e Campus Transformation brought with it a great opportunity to optimize the use of the Bern Dibner Library Building to meet current needs within the context of the larger plans for the future of our campus. The Dibner Building, now more thatn 20 years old, has been repurposed and updated to accomplish three primary goals:
1. Prepare the space for its new tenants. While the Library and some portions of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) department reamin in Dibner, the buidling has become home to a number of exciting addtional uses. Following construction in October 2012, a new Student Services and Support Center opened on the 2nd floor, providing students with conveninet access to the services they need -- all under one roof. The new center includes: Student Affairs, Student Clubs, a small Student Lounge, International Students and Scholars, and Counseling Services; the Registrar and Student Financial Services one-stop shop; and Undergraduate Programs Offices, including Advisement, Special Services/TRIO, HEOP and General Studies. The Expository Writing Program, administered by New York University, moved onto the 1st floor of Dibner in August 2012. In January 203, the Technology, Culture, and Society (TCS) department relocated to the 1st floor of the Dibner Building, completing the final phase of the the repurposing of the building.
2. Update the public spaces. Simultaneously, Dibner underwent updates that enliven the public spaces and create a better user experience. Modern paint schemes color the corridors. Splashy graphics punctuate walls, doors, and light fixtures. New outdoor seating, available during warmer months, connects Dibner to the MetroTech Commons. Additionally, the Library computer lab was remodeled, rendering it more spacious and pleasant. The Library's atrium received fresh paint, new furnishings and an abundance of laptop plug-in stations.
3. Implement infrastructure upgrades. The building's smoke purge damper system, slated to be replaced during the spring and summer months of 2013, is expected to yield significant improvements in the flow of air, heating and air conditioning throughout the building.
The thoughtful repurposing of Dibner as a student services hub is an offshoot of the campus transformation objectives. Through engaging the community to determine the optimal use for the building, we were able to create a convenient solution for students. The 2nd floor space in the building to be occupied by the new Student Support and Services Center opened up with the recent expansion into MetroTech Center. Previous tenants, the Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) department and part of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) department moved to 2 MetroTech Center in January 2012. Additionally, this project allows us to empty out the Jacobs Administration Building (JAB) by relocating many of the remaining departments to Dibner, thus accelerating the future plans for redevelopment of the JAB and Civil Engineering building sites.