Stack Seven Turned Furniture Showroom
Though the library’s seventh stack closure has prompted many students to relocate their choice study spots, the seventh stack is now the premiere furniture showroom of Fordham Law. Professor Robert Nissenbaum, Director of the Leo T. Kissam Library and a member of the new building committee, appointed a seven-person faculty committee to sample new faculty furniture for the new Fordham building.
New furniture and different designs have been coming in and out of the seventh stack to be evaluated by this faculty committee within their suggested requirements. One strict requirement is ensuring that the new faculty offices comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Keeping finances in mind, the committee has seen some innovative designs such as stand up desks with add on keyboards, enabling the faculty to be comfortable while effectively teaching.
There is one piece of furniture the committee does not have to replace—the library chairs. Professor Nissenbaum confirmed that the 430 existing library chairs will be moved over to the new library, which in total will seat 692. According to Professor Nissenbaum, the new modern library will be two tiered, featuring chandeliers, a reading row, and a café inside the library that serves beverages and café food with designated space for students to snack while studying. No café vendor has yet been confirmed. The library will occupy the fifth and sixth floors of the new building.
The new building, designed by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, will house both law students and undergraduate students. With different entrances for the dorm residents and law students, Professor Nissenbaum describes it as two buildings in one. The lower level floor will house IT, the Career Center, SBA, Law Review, and the Public Interest Resource Center (PIRC). The moot court room and trial advocacy room will be on the first floor with the cafeteria and glass doors that open into the quad. The second floor will be public space, with room for lectures. Classrooms will be on the third and fourth floor, the library on the fifth and sixth floor, faculty offices on the seventh and eighth, and clinic space on the ninth floor. These first nine floors will be the new law school, while the tenth through twenty-second floors will be undergraduate dorms.
According to specifications on Fordham’s website, the new building will increase available program space for the law school by 66%. There will be 349,000 square feet of program space and 361 rooms, compared to the current law school’s 160,000 square feet of program space and 174 rooms. Barring catastrophe, Professor Nissenbaum expects to begin installing furnishings in the new building by Feb. 2014.The first classes are expected to begin in the summer of 2014.
–Danielle Efros, Staff Writer