Excavation continues at 181 Mercer Street, the site of New York University’s 1.9 million square-foot expansion in Greenwich Village. The university’s scope of development for the enlarged campus includes razing The Jerome S. Coles Sports Center at 20-40 East Houston Street, and constructing a new 23-story sports center and performing arts facility in its place, which will have an address of 181 Mercer Street.
Initial filings indicate a 588,000-square-foot structure divided into two adjacent buildings with a landscaped public plaza. Designed by Davis Brody Bond along with KieranTimberlake, the building will contain an indoor pool, a runners’ track, and multiple fitness rooms.
Performing arts facilities will include a theater and orchestral pit with balcony and mezzanine seating designed to accommodate 556 people. Both buildings will include some office space and light dining areas.
A comparison of the above progress photo with the below, from about two months ago, shows that excavation appears to be nearing the finish line, and foundation work has now begun. NYU projects the building will be constructed by 2021, and that its long-term expansion plan will be completed by 2031.