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.
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