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A West Side Gathering Space Opens For The SVA Community

A newly renovated space opens in SVA's 133/141 West 21st Street building

As most of SVA's student gathering spaces are located on the eastern side of the campus, students whose schedules keep them in other buildings have had few options for communal, non-program-specific places to study, collaborate and spend downtime. That changed at the start of this semester, thankfully. After roughly two years of planning and months of renovations, the lower level of the College’s 133/141 West 21st Street building recently reopened as a “public square where students can unwind, rewind and recharge,” says Larry Jones, the architect for the project.

Jones worked with SVA Facilities Executive Director Rick Riccio, as well as SVA Library Director Caitlin Kilgallen and Director of Student Affairs Bill Martino, to create the new space. Perhaps the most noteworthy addition is the expanded SVA Library annex, which opened its doors at the address in fall 2016, though in a more limited capacity. The new, larger annex has now taken over what used to be the Writing Resource Center’s location (now sited across the street, at 132 West 21st Street). The space boasts the SVA Library’s video game collection, along with a large selection of graphic novels, magazines, and cartooning, illustration, architecture and interior design books—all subjects and genres that correspond with the academic programs headquartered on the west side of campus. There are also more computer and printing and scanning stations, bookable study rooms and a presentation space where the SVA Library hosts scheduled programming, such as lectures by poets and writers and even interactive game nights. And, as with the main library, this satellite is open for SVA alumni use.

Further improvements include a remodeled Moe’s Café, featuring an expanded menu with health-conscious offerings and an entirely new kitchen, a modernized jewelry-making studio, an open lounge and a gaming room with consoles and virtual reality headsets.

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