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CBRE to manage renovation of NY Public Library building


CBRE announced that its Project Management group is providing project management and cost consultancy services for the renovation of The New York Public Library’s iconic Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, located on Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street.

The project will upgrade and renovate the Schwarzman Building to prepare the historic library for the future, adding significantly more public space for research, exhibitions and programs, while greatly improving flow and infrastructure.

The Library has engaged a design team led by Dutch architecture firm Mecanoo and architect of record, Beyer Blinder Belle. Tishman is the construction manager.

The CBRE team consists of Frank Alvarado, Bret Keeney, Chris Lawson, Nicole Tirakian and Dan Magee.

“Being selected to manage the renovation and upgrade of The New York Public Library’s world-famous Stephen A. Schwarzman Building is an honor and a privilege,” said Matthew Van Buren, President, Northeast Division, CBRE.

“We once again appreciate the trust that the Library has placed on the CBRE project management and cost consulting teams to oversee the upgrade and expansion of their most visible structure.”

CBRE’s Project Management group was previously named project manager for the full interior and exterior renovation of the Library’s 165,000 s/f Mid-Manhattan Library located directly across the street from the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. That renovated library — The New York Public Library’s central circulating library — will reopen in 2020 as the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library.

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