Sustainability is a core value at The New School and an essential feature of the new University Center. Certified with a U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED rating of Gold, the University Center will help set the New York City standard for green technology and building practices. The building serves as a teaching tool for New School academic programs in architecture and design, environmental studies, and sustainability management.
The University Center's innovative Green Building features include:
The University Center is the new hub of the New School campus: a 16-story, approximately 375,000-square-foot building located at the intersection of 14th Street and Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. The building has 230,000 square feet of academic space on the first seven floors and 135,000
square feet for a 600-bed dormitory on the remaining nine floors, providing space for all aspects of campus life. There is an additional 10,000 gross square feet of retail space on the first floor and below street level along 14th Street.
The academic space includes 50,000 square feet of design studios, interdisciplinary classrooms, and laboratories that are easily adaptable to encourage use by a mix of different disciplines. It includes an 800-seat auditorium, featuring a reconfigurable stage (with 18 electric lifts) that 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 includes numerous spaces for informal interaction, such as the three central staircases that weave their way through the building. The University Center is a hive of activity, visible from the street through large glass windows.
The center meets the USGBC's LEED Gold standard, making it one of the greenest academic buildings in the country, and in New York in particular. The architect of the University Center is Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. The developer is The Durst Organization and the construction manager is Tishman Construction Corporation.
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