Highest among Barnard’s critical needs is the renovation of our severely outdated research facilities. Much of Altschul Hall, Barnard’s center for science learning, has not been modernized since it opened in 1969. Updating these facilities with state-of-the-art equipment will enhance science education at every level of study, helping attract and retain top-flight faculty, and offering Barnard women a rich environment for collaboration and learning.
Planning for a full-scale renovation of Lehman Hall is now underway to transform Barnard’s library into a welcoming place where interactive learning is woven throughout. Envisioned are a Teaching and Learning Center for specialized tutoring, workshops, consultations and group study; a Math Help Room that is integrated with other academic support services; a Reading Room with large tables and study carrels which take advantage of the natural light afforded by the iconic windowed façade; a Media Lab where students and faculty can create new ways to capture and share visual information; and a new entry-way that is well-lit and accessible. Named spaces range from $500,000 to $3 million.
Barnard’s noted dance program is based on the integration of dance as an art form within a liberal arts curriculum, offering exceptional experiences to all students regardless of their chosen field of study. The construction of The Diana Center presents an opportunity for Barnard to make critically-needed improvements, bringing the infrastructure of the dance program to par with the Department’s distinguished reputation. Nearly 4,000 square feet of new space is available within historic Barnard Hall, which the College needs to renovate for rehearsal spaces that meet current standards of use, changing rooms, faculty offices, and instructional spaces and – most critically – to expand studio capacity. Named spaces range from $500,000 to $2 million.
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