The Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library is considered the jewel of the Queens College campus in Flushing, New York. The architecturally exciting building, capable of housing up to 1.3 million volumes, features precast exposed aggregate panels, window walls, and dramatic skylights, providing a functional area for students and an aesthetically pleasing setting for the library's books, offices, and classrooms.
FAST-TRACKING, FLEXIBILITY ARE BENEFITS OF CONCRETE USE
Using concrete made it possible to fast-track the project, with foundation construction beginning before architectural design of the superstructure was complete. This saved a year of construction time and permitted the client to incorporate important program changes in the final design.
The building required more than 15,000 cubic yards of concrete and 1,500 tons of reinforcing steel to be cast into striking shapes such as curved beams, circular slab openings, folded-plate stairs, a dramatic clock tower, and domed ceilings.