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Renzo Piano's Columbia University Science Center to Open Next Year

Renzo Piano's Columbia University Science Center to Open Next Year
Renzo Piano's Columbia University Science Center to Open Next Year, Northeast corner. Image © Field Condition
Northeast corner. Image © Field Condition

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.

South facade. Image © Field Condition Southeast corner. Image © Field Condition Exterior Rendering. Image Courtesy of RPBW Exterior Rendering. Image Courtesy of RPBW +7

Exterior Rendering. Image Courtesy of RPBW
Exterior Rendering. Image Courtesy of RPBW

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. 

South facade. Image © Field Condition
South facade. Image © Field Condition

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.

Photographs are courtesy of Field Condition. Visit their website here to see more.

News via manhattanville.columbia.edu and commercialobserver.com

Cite: Holly Giermann. "Renzo Piano's Columbia University Science Center to Open Next Year" 24 Mar 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/612769/renzo-piano-s-columbia-university-science-center-to-complete-next-year/>
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Graphite1 · March 26, 2015

Funny how the ferocious community opposition to this 30-year project is never mentioned in this article. Funny how they say the retail space is good for "the community" that is currently blighted by Columbia's own design, allowing them to seize existing commercial space by eminent domain. Funny how "public good" includes turning over commercial space to a non-profit that pays NO TAXES AT ALL.

Funny, unless you live across the street.

arch_nyc · June 23, 2016 12:53 AM

Are you insane? I live in Morningside Heights. The lot that this building was built on was quite literally a dump--as is the whole area.

Joe Public · March 24, 2015

Davis Brody Bond is the executive architect for this project.

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