Project Overview

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The University Center will be the hub of the New School campus: A 16-story, approximately 350,000 square-foot building located at the intersection of 14th Street and Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. The building will provide space for all aspects of campus life, with 200,000 square feet of academic space on the first seven floors, and 150,000 square feet for a 600-bed dormitory on remaining nine floors. There will be an additional 11,000 gross square feet of retail space on the first floor and below street level along 14th Street.


The academic space will include 50,000 square feet of design studios, interdisciplinary classrooms, and laboratories, designed to be flexible and easily adaptable to encourage a mix of different disciplines. It will include an 800-seat auditorium, featuring a configurable stage (with 18 electric lifts) which can be set up for dance and musical performances or as a fashion runway; a large cafeteria; a two-story library; a 2,200 square foot faculty resource center; three student lounges, and a lobby and café on two levels, suitable for performances.


The building will include numerous spaces for informal interaction such as the three central staircases that will weave their way through the building. The University Center will be a hive of activity, visible from the street through large glass windows.


The center will meet LEED Gold standards, making it one of the greenest buildings in New York, and one of the greenest academic buildings in the country. The architect for the new University Center is Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. The developer is The Durst Organization and the construction manager is Tishman Construction Corporation.


Project Schedule

The New School expects to open the dormitory of the building by September 2013, and the remainder of the building in January 2014. Construction began in August 2010. 

Contact Information

For all emergencies, please call 911. To report unsafe conditions at the building work site, please call 311 or Tishman Construction at 212.399.3600. For all other concerns, please call The New School's University Center Hotline at 212.608.7385.

Updated as of February 27, 2013

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