Excavation and foundation work are progressing on Fashion Institute of Technology‘s New Academic Building at 220 West 28th Street in the Garment District of Chelsea. Designed by SHoP Architects, the ten-story, 110,000-square-foot structure is located between Seventh and Eighth Avenues, within walking distance of Penn Station, Madison Square Garden, and Moynihan Train Hall. The New Academic Building is aiming for LEED Gold certification.
Recent photos show excavators working below grade and piling machines by the foundation walls of the adjacent Marvin Feldman Center, which will eventually connect with the New Academic Building. We can expect more of the earth to be hauled away in the coming months, and the foundation slab and walls should get underway later this summer.
The two overall renderings depict a large glass curtain wall on the main northern elevation facing West 28th Street. The most transparent portion of the glass envelope is around the middle third of the wall, while the top and bottom half appear to be more reflective. The eastern and western ends will be flat blank walls clad in rectangular panels with subtly varying shades of brown. A flat roof parapet caps the whole superstructure.
Triangular bronze-colored fins will protrude from the surface of the glass wall, as illustrated in the below photo of the building’s ground floor.
Below is an additional interior rendering showing a student lounge area. Other programs within the New Academic Building include classrooms, administrative offices, review and exhibition spaces, and a student quad illuminated by skylights.
A completion date for the New Academic Building is set for the spring of 2023, as stated on the construction board.