- Project Director:Neil Patel
- Project Manager:Ben Morris
- Team:Christine Nasir, James Henry, Mai Kitmungsa
- Owner’s Representation:Lehrer Cumming
- Owner’s Representation (Design Phase):Jonathan Rose Companies
- Structural Engineer:Silman
- Mep/Fp/It/Security Engineer:Buro Happold
- Lighting Designer:Lighting Workshop
- Acoustic & A/V Consultant:Threshold Acoustics
- Building Enclosure Engineer:Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
- Sustainability Consultant:Atelier Ten
- Client:Ethical Culture Fieldston School
- Cost Estimator:Stuart-Lynn Company
- Code Consultant:Jensen Hughes
- Expediting Consultant:RPO
- Construction Manager:Consigli
Text description provided by the architects. The comprehensive renovation of Tate Library at Ethical Culture Fieldston School (ECFS) transformed the signature 1970 building into a learning commons that is the hub for the entire campus. In support of ECFS’s mission of ethical learning, academic excellence, and progressive education, the building’s new open, spacious interior provides greater access to books, information and technology to enable multiple modes of teaching and learning. Maintaining the integrity of the original stone and concrete building, the exterior renovation includes new windows with “bird-friendly” glazing and a new main entrance facing the campus quadrangle.
An open interior layout, technology infrastructure, environmental systems, and LED lighting enhances the user experience and meets evolving future needs. Custom glass fiber reinforced gypsum (GFRG) ceilings integrate lighting, while maximizing the continuity of the space.
Careful zoning of activities and acoustical treatment, as well as new enclosed collaboration rooms, offices and support spaces around the perimeter of the building, fosters individual and collaborative work. Low bookcases and furniture are strategically deployed in the new Tate Library to strengthen visual connections, improve daylight, and maximize views of the surrounding wooded campus.