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Tishman completes new underground wing.

The Japan Society recently dedicated its new Toyota Language Center and C.V. Starr Library at its main building at 333 East 47th Street in New York City.

These new facilities totaling 2,300 square feet were constructed underground by Construction Manager Tishman Construction Corporation of New York. The firm also renovated the existing 36,000-square-foot building which represented the first building of contemporary Japanese architectural design in New York City when completed in 1971.

The new facilities are comprised of a permanent home for the Society's 10,000-volume library, and Japanese-language and English-language teaching programs that had over 2,000 registrants last year.

To facilitate the excavation work for the underground expansion, the Tishman team removed the existing sidewalk. The curtain wall of the existing building was shored up prior to removing the original foundation wall. A reconfigured structural foundation and new footings for eight new support columns, some of which threaded from the basement through the four-story building to prepare for future floor additions, were then constructed. The work was completed within eight months.

On Dec. 11, Kenichi Kato, managing director of Toyota Motor Corporation, officially opened the Language Center, and T.C. Hsu, President of The Starr Foundation, presided over the opening of the library.

The Toyota Language Center is one of the leading training and resource facilities in the United States for the teaching of Japanese language to the general public. Toyota Motor Corporation donated $1.25 million in the interest of international understanding to construct and equip the center, which consists of formal classroom, interactive computer instruction systems and a library of teaching materials. Designed to meet the rising demand for Japanese-language instruction, the Language Center will initiate new programs in teacher training and develop teaching materials to supplement standard textbooks and tapes available commercially. In addition, a scholarship fund will be established to help high school students take advantage of the Center.

The Japan Society's C.V. Start Library is the only private library of its kind in the greater New York area. Dedicated to promting Western understanding of Japan, the Library houses a unique collection of English-language books on a wide range of Japan-related topics, from the arts to the sciences. Construction of the C.V. Starr Library was underwritten by a $500,000 gift from The Star Foundation.
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Title Annotation:Tishman Construction Corp. finishes Toyota Language Center and C.V. Starr Library at 333 East 47th St. in New York, New York
Publication:Real Estate Weekly
Date:Jan 27, 1993
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