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NYIT Student Architects Present Project to Morgan Library Officials

Manhattan, N.Y.  (May 24, 2013) — New York Institute of Technology students demonstrated their architectural analysis and building modeling skills this week as they presented the results of a semester-long study of the venerable Morgan Library and Museum to library officials.
Architecture students at Morgan LibraryThe six School of Architecture and Design students studied the structure, historical development, and patterns of sunlight around the 107-year-old landmark as part of Assistant Professor Jason Van Nest’s building information modeling analysis class.
Library Director of Communications and Marketing Patrick Milliman said the persistence of student Samantha Marie Hijos helped spark the interest of library officials in the project. After several calls and emails, Milliman invited the group to present their project. Milliman, Deputy Director Brian Regan, and Director of Facilities Tom Shannon saw the results on Wednesday.
“We really enjoyed the project,” he said. “We thought it was really quite ambitious and well-presented.”
One group of students on the team focused their work on the structural analysis of the library, detailing stress points and explaining why cracks had formed in the building's facade. 
“I was extremely nervous, the most I had been in my life,” said student Adham Ismail. “But once I got started I wasn't anymore and I felt very confident because I was proud with the work we did and how well it turned out.”
“We all nailed it and the officials like our presentation,” said another student, Ming Lee, who was particularly happy to learn how to use a new building information modeling software called Revit.  “I encourage every architect students to take on this type of project. It might be tough, but at the end you will have a great experience.”
Van Nest said Shannon told the students that their findings “exactly correspond” with those of library officials, who have also studied structural damage to the building.
“He was essentially affirming the students’ conclusions,” Van Nest said.
The experience, he added, was positive for the students, who will have to make similar presentations when they are full-fledged architects.
“They had good lessons about learning and listening to critics,” said Van Nest. “It’s your critics that teach you how to present your building.”
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