Foundation work is nearly complete for the Fashion Institute of Technology‘s New Academic Building, a ten-story building in the Garment District of Chelsea. Designed by SHoP Architects, the structure will yield 110,000 square feet. EE Cruz & Company Inc. is the general contractor for the project, which is located between Seventh and Eighth Avenues, within walking distance of Penn Station, Madison Square Garden, and Moynihan Train Hall. The developer is aiming for LEED Gold certification.
Since our last update in late October, the concrete foundation has been fully formed and only a small section of the walls at the northernmost corner is awaiting completion, with workers tying steel rebar at the time of our visit. We expect to see the start of the inner core section and columns in the coming weeks. Given the scale of the superstructure, construction should likely top out before the end of the year.
It was last reported that the New Academic Building would feature a large multi-story glass curtain wall along the main northern elevation facing West 28th Street. The midway section of the edifice will have the highest floor height and will be enclosed in a much more transparent envelope. The rest of the glass surfaces above and below appear to be more reflective, and are interspersed with decorative bronze fins that span the full height of the structure. The eastern and western sides are shown as blank walls covered with earth-toned panels.
Below is an interior rendering of the student lounge area. The New Academic Building will also include classrooms, administrative offices, review and exhibition spaces, and a student quad illuminated by skylights.
The New Academic Building is scheduled for completion in the spring of 2023, as noted on site.