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The selected project is the renovation of the Jefferson Market Library. This is one of the branches of the New York library and is located in Greenwich Village, Manhattan, New York City. Originally, the building was a courthouse that was constructed between 1875 and 1877. However, it was later turned into a library and has served the local community for more than four decades. This project has a budget of $10 million with a 3-year project time frame. It is expected to be completed this year. Overall, this project is needed because it will ensure that people with disabilities can access all its amenities and resources. It will also ensure that the library meets the modern standards expected of a public library in terms of accessibility and communication.
The project specifically fits the four (4) elements of the Kloppenborg (2019) definition. First, the project is new. The renovations being done to the library will greatly transform the user experience. For starters, the entrance of the library is being redesigned. Also, elevators are being installed to all floors. This will ensure that all people including those with disability can access all parts of the library. Initially, the building was not friendly for people with disabilities. Hence, this is a new project since it will transform how users access the building. Also, the IT equipment of the building are being revamped to meet the modern technology standards expected of a modern library.
Second, the project is a time-bound effort that has a definite beginning and a definite ending. The project commenced in 2019 and is expected to end later this year. Despite the delays caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the project has managed to be fast-tracked in order to meet its 3-year project time frame. This is impressive considering that the budget of the project has not been adversely affected.
Third, the project has several related and interdependent tasks. To make the building more accessible to all people regardless of their ability or disability, first, the entrance of the library is being redesigned. Second, restrooms are being reconstructed. Third, an effective elevator system is being installed to eradicate individual platform and stair lifts. These are related tasks aimed at enhancing accessibility to the building. Additionally, the building’s design and infrastructure are being enhanced. This will include the reclamation of the lobby’s public space and the redoing of the IT equipment. This will transform the building into a more modern one that sit the needs of the current society.
Finally, the project creates a unique product or service. People with disability face a lot of segregation and discrimination in the country. Despite appropriate laws being put in place to enhance the quality of their living, they still lack many opportunities to improve their lives. Therefore, this project will ensure that they access the library and all its provisions, which ensures they will be at par with all able-bodied individuals with regards to getting an education.
Descriptive Project Title:
“425 Avenue of the Americas Manhattan, New York City: Jefferson Market Library project to install a new elevator system platform, redesign/reconstruct the lobby entrance, and upgrade the IT system (2022).”
To meet the objectives of the project, the following are the specific tasks that will be done from the day the project begins to the day it ends. First, the individual platform and stair lifts will be eliminated. In their place, there will be the installation of a single, more effective elevator that will serve all the building’s floors. Second, there will be the construction of a ramp at the lobby entrance, which will run parallel to the stairs. The ramp will be cover the entire distance of the stairs. Third, the entrance masonry will be cleaned and restored. Fourth, the IT equipment will be rewired and rerouted. Finally, new finishes will be applied to complement the landmark building. These tasks will be covered by a budget of $10 million and will be completed within three years.
Kloppenborg, T. (2019). Contemporary project management. Cengage Learning.