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
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.
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
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