A West Side Gathering Space Opens For The SVA Community

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

February 05, 2018 by Michelle Mackin
A group of people sit or move about a contemporary office.
The waiting room
Photo by Sam Morgan.

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.

There are a group of young adults working in a library.
Photo by Sam Morgan.

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‘’