Farmingdale State College Greenley Library and Gleeson Hall

Farmingdale, New York

Urbahn designed several renovations to transform “found” space into uses of greater value to the campus.  The third floor of the Greenley Library was originally designed to house radio and television studios, but had evolved into ad hoc storage space, thereby depriving the students of use of this asset near the heart of the campus.  The essence of this project was to transform the third floor into a range of student service spaces, while restacking the 2nd and 3rd floors.  The program included an Academic Advisement and Information Center, Tutoring and Writing Centers, a Reading Room and a Distance Learning Center.  The design features a new stair between the upper two floors to facilitate circulation, with an open Student Lounge located at the top.

To facilitate the Greenley Library project, basement space in nearby Gleeson Hall was converted into an Instructional Technical Support Center, two general classrooms and storage.

Client: Farmingdale State College
Photography: Kalla Barranco