A report from Historic Districts Council recommends selective alterations to make streets accessible while also preserving as much of them as possible.
Image Source: SculptureCenter
When it comes to expansions, this group breaks the mold. On April 2, the SculptureCenter announced a renovation of its LIC facility that aims to improve the quality of the exhibition spaces and the visitor flow. The undertaking will create a 2,000-sq-ft. addition to the existing Purves Street facility, and the renovated facility will comply with all current building codes, including the Americans with Disabilities Act.
SculptureCenter will remain open during construction with some modification to its exhibition schedule and public hours. With an expected completion in fall 2014, the rehab includes the following:
- 6,500 square feet of flexible interior exhibition space that will accommodate work of diverse
forms and scale;
- a 2,000 sq.-ft., one-story entrance lobby with bookshop, coatroom, seating area,
- an elevator and stairway to the lower level galleries;
- a 1,500-sq.-ft. enclosed courtyard for outdoor exhibitions and events;
- upgrades to electrical and mechanical systems; and
- office and storage space improvements.
Seen at the groundbreaking ceremony are (from left) Queens Borough President Helen M. Marshall, City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, SC Executive Director and Chief Curator Mary Ceruti, SC Board Chair Sascha S. Bauer and NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs Commissioner Kate D. Levin.