Making Center Fall 2020 and Covid-19 Updates

Fall 2020

Updated September 18, 2020

Thank you for visiting the Making Center Fall 2020 and Covid-19 updates page. For New School wide updates see The Year Ahead.

Making Center Updates and TNS Guidelines

    • Many MC spaces are open, with adjusted availability, for the Fall 2020 semester.
    • Technical staff are available for remote consultation regarding many making processes.
    • Students will be limited to one building for reserving space in Fall
            • Students will be unable to move between buildings to access different making spaces, so please select your building carefully
            • As much as possible, redundant equipment will be offered in multiple buildings

Access Requirements

    • Priority access will be given to students in their final year of study in making based programs.
            • All BFA, MFA, and M.ARCH programs, as well as the AAS Interior Design and Fashion Design programs.
    • For all MC resources except Tool Check Out, students must have completed required orientations in previous semesters and already be authorized to use equipment.
            • Given distancing requirements, orientations will not be offered in the Fall 2020 semester.
    • All students, including first year students, will have access to the Making Center Tool Check Out, and can reserve time slots on LibCal in select open work areas on campus.

Access Protocol

    • Step 1: Fill out the brief Campus Access Survey to let us know what space you are interested in accessing.
    • Step 2: Fill out the Student Pre-Registration form for COVID Testing to initiate the testing process with Mount Sinai.
    • Step 3a: Visit the relevant Labs, Shops, and Studios page to schedule a Zoom consultation with Making Center staff.
    • Step 3b: At least 48 hours in advance of your intended visit to campus, Request a Reservation in the relevant lab, shop or studio on LibCal.
    • Step 4: Pass the daily symptom screening questionnaire.
    • Step 5: Come work! Shops will be open* with adjusted availability ranging from 12pm – 6pm Weekdays.

*Given a minimum staffing requirement to keep Making Center spaces open and safe to use, there may be emergencies that could cause cancellation or rescheduling of student reservations. Making Center staff will do our best to honor reservations but must respond to changes in staffing availability due to Covid-19 and other factors with the goal of ensuring the safety of our community members to the greatest extent possible under the circumstances. Thank you for your flexibility and understanding.

Equipment Rental Protocol

    • Step 1: Submit an online waiver (new students only)
            • If you are a new student, you may need to submit your online waiver to gain access to the Patron Portal. 
    • Step 2a: Request the equipment or tool at
            • Reservation requests must be made 48 hours in advance of coming to campus.
    • Step 2b: Make a technician consultation (if required).
            • Visit the relevant Labs, Shops, and Studios page, and click technician consultation. 
            • After the consultation has been completed, a technician will approve your reservation.
    • Step 4: Pass the daily symptom screening questionnaire.
    • Step 4: Pick up your equipment from the contactless pickup location provided.
            • Shops will be open with adjusted availability ranging from 12pm -6pm Weekdays.

MC Spaces, Resources and Processes

    • Many Making Center labs, shops, and studios are being reorganized for the Fall semester. While they may look different, and may even be relocated, many of the same making processes will still be supported. Covid-19 interventions will be present in every space and will significantly affect capacity and workflow.
    • Please remember it is optional for students to work within the making spaces on campus, and should not be included in course requirements. All students, faculty, and staff must commit to the university’s Statement of Shared Responsibility.
    • Making Center staff have been working to curate and share useful resources, information and tutorials related to MC processes. Please visit our Online Resources site for a growing list of links.

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