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City Tech Student Plays Significant Role in Queens Public Library Renovation

Photo credit: Anthony Romeo

Carlos Carbonero hasn’t even finished college yet, but he is already making his mark in his home borough of Queens.

Carbonero, a senior in architectural technology at City Tech and a Bayside resident, has been chosen to work as an intern in a large-scale renovation project currently getting under way at the various branches of the Queens Public Library.

“The renovation project extends into virtually every section of the library,” says Carbonero. “Changes have to be made to accommodate all of the new technologies – self checkout and checkin, automated book drops, redesigned spaces for new programs. Our goal is to bring the libraries throughout the borough of Queens up to current standards. It’s a demanding and creative job, which has special meaning for me since I live in Queens.”

“Carlos is an important member of the team,” says Anthony Romeo, director of capital management at the Queens Library and an adjunct professor of architectural technology at City Tech. “His duties include assisting in the planning of and preparation for the renovations, verifying the dimensions of the existing buildings – including furniture and inventory – and assisting in the preparation of construction documents. He will also assist in the preparation of necessary Design Commission submissions and New York City Department of Buildings submissions.”

According to Romeo, “Carlos was chosen for the internship based of his portfolio, his résumé and his outstanding performance in my architectural technology class. I was greatly impressed with the quality of his architectural drawings and his very high level of computer literacy. In sum, I would say that his work at the library so far has certainly exceeded our expectations.”

Born in Cali, Colombia, in 1983, Carbonero came to the United States when he was one year old. Because his father worked as a general contractor in the construction industry, architecture and related fields always interested him. “I especially enjoy the collaborative nature of the work,” he says. “We function as a team – the project manager, the head architect, the construction manager. We have a common goal and direct our energies toward achieving it.

“This internship,” he continues, “ has strengthened my determination to pursue a career in architectural technology. I hope, one day, to have my own firm – where I can manage construction and renovation projects on a large scale.”

“Our goal in this initiative,” explains Romeo, “is to create seamless environments strengthening the branch libraries’ relationship with their communities, using architectural elements to create inspiring and functional spaces. We use ‘green’ design principles to conserve natural resources, and we are introducing new state-of-the-art technology to enhance public service.”

Many of the Queens Library projects have received awards as part of the New York City Department of Design and Construction’s Excellence in Architecture Program for new construction.

“Among the innovative programs we hope to introduce into these redesigned spaces in the library branches,” Romeo explains, “are homework assistance programs, job placement assistance, free internet service access, and free DVD, music and video access. We anticipate that all of these programs will strengthen the library/community nexus for the benefit of the neighborhood population.”

“This is a fabulous learning experience for me,” Carbonero notes. “I am contributing to an interborough collaboration that makes use of the talents and resources that Brooklyn has to offer to strengthen and enhance an important public facility in Queens. The architectural technology program at City Tech has made it all possible.”

11.18.09


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