The first phase of Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM) and Renzo Piano Building Workshop's (RPBW) expansive Manhattanville Campus plan for Columbia University is making significant progress; completion is nearing on a highly-anticipated portion of the project - RPBW's LEED platinum Jerome L. Greene Science Center, which is scheduled to open in Fall of 2016 just six miles North of the practice's soon-to-open Whitney Museum.
More on the mixed-use structure after the break.
The 450,000 square-foot neuroscience building will feature 60 research laboratories, lecture spaces, and study areas, sitting atop retail space at street level. It is designed to foster a collaborative learning environment, welcoming various disciplines related to neuroscience. Additionally, the high performance double-skin glass facade aims to enable transparency and a connection to the community, while the lower-level commercial activities make the building accessible to the entire campus.
The Winick Realty Group has been selected to fill the three retail spaces, reserved for a take-out food establishment, restaurant, and retail store, which will be ready for occupancy by winter 2015. While the building envelope is largely complete, construction continues on fitting the interior. Currently, masonry is being installed on the first floor, while ceiling and floor installation continues midway up. Framing and sheetrock of the interior partitions is being completed on five floors. Additional progress is being made through elevator installation, and roofing on the upper floors.
The Jerome L. Greene Science Center is the first step in the campus' masterplan, which embodies 17-acres of new development and will take decades to complete.
Location116th St & Broadway
Architect in ChargeRenzo Piano
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