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Wednesday, August 19,2009

Book drop?

Cleary, there’s something going on at the old Town Center Building

by James Andersen

Cooley Law School is in the process of renovating a downtown Lansing building for an addition to the Thomas E. Brennan Law Library, but the school would not talk about it. While signs of work are evident, school officials are not offering any detailed information about what is being done.


Renovation of the former Town Center Building, at 333 S. Capitol Ave., has been going on since May to make room for the new addition to the library. Skids full of cinder blocks occupy the space with an excavator along with other construction equipment and new wall tiles have been put in place, so it’s clear that something is being built on the site.


Terry Carella, Cooley’s director of communications, said, “We are not discussing the library project at this time. We’ll be happy to contact the City Pulse when we are ready to do so.”


When asked to characterize why no one was able to provide comment on the renovation, Carella said, “Cooley will be releasing information about the project at a later time.”


Dennis Burt, president of Haussman Construction Co. said that his company has been contracted to renovate the site.


Workers began the project in May, tore down a piece of the 60,000 square-foot Town Center Building, and are constructing a new exterior wall at the north end of the building.

Burt said that the first floor of the building is being totally redone, while the second floor is only being partially redone.

The library’s new addition will include administrative offices, a student lounge and additional space for books. It will also include a “green space” and an access drive in order to connect to a Cooley parking lot along Washington Square.

The library houses over 550,000 volumes, according to the school.


Multiple attempts to reach Matt McGaughey, senior associate with Mayotte Group
Architects and project manager for renovation, were unsuccessful.


The
library addition will perhaps add some new life to an area that’s in
need of some fixing up.


Burt said the project is slated for completion
in December.



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