Last September, glass installation was well underway at Columbia University’s 15-story, 107,299 square-foot Medical College Graduate & Education Building at 104 Haven Avenue, in Washington Heights. The 196-foot-tall structure is now fully clad, seen in recent photos by Tectonic. When the building opens later this year, it will contain mostly academic classrooms and facilities, but will also feature an auditorium, a café, and lounge/study space. Diller Scofidio + Renfro designed the building, which is attempting to achieve LEED Gold certification, according to Curbed. Gensler Architects served as the architect of record.
YIMBY last brought you a construction update in September, when foundation work was just wrapping up on multiple buildings of Cornell Tech’s planned Roosevelt Island campus. Since then, phase one’s academic buildings and residential tower have risen in the form of steel beams and concrete pours, respectively. Now, Snøhetta has been tasked to design the Verizon Executive Education Building, The Real Deal reports. It will be a conference center and is included in the first construction phase, which is due for completion in mid-2017. The other three buildings going up are the Bloomberg Center, The Bridge, and CornellTECH Residential, which are being designed by Morphosis Architecture, Weiss/Manfredi Architecture, and Handel Architects.
Fareri Associates is planning to develop a three-million square-foot biotechnology research complex on roughly 80 acres of undeveloped land adjacent to the Westchester Medical Center and New York Medical College, in Valhalla. Dubbed the Westchester BioScience & Technology Center, it will, once complete, include 2,252,600 square feet of research facilities, 400,000 square feet of medical offices, and a 34,000 square-foot Children’s Living Science Center. In addition, a 100,000 square-foot hotel with 100 rooms and 114,000 square feet of ground-level retail are planned. The project will be built in phases and is being designed by Torti Gallas & Partners. Of the 80 acres of land, 43.6 acres of land will be preserved as green space. The developer must first lease roughly 60 acres of land from Westchester County, according to Westfair.
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and the New York Philharmonic have selected London-based Heatherwick Studio and Toronto-based Diamond Schmitt Architects to redesign the interior of David Geffen Hall, the orchestra’s 2,738-seat home located on the corner of West 65th Street, on the Upper West Side, technically Lincoln Square. The Max Abramovitz-designed structure, which originally opened in 1962 as Philharmonic Hall, later becoming Avery Fisher Hall, will receive a $500 million gut renovation, according to the New York Times. A design will be released next summer, with construction scheduled to begin in 2019. Akustiks and Fisher Dachs, acoustic and theater design firms, respectively, are also part of the team. The project has been in the works for over a decade, or since the beginning of Lincoln Center’s redevelopment.
The city’s School Construction Authority is proposing to build an 180-seat pre-kindergarten school at 170 8th Street/197 9th Street, in Gowanus, located less than a block away from the F, G, and R trains’ stop at Fourth Avenue and 9th Street. According to Brooklyn Daily Eagle, the 13,500 square-foot thru-block lot is currently privately owned. The agency is beginning the public review process and is accepting the community’s input through mid December. The property’s two-story predecessor was demolished back in 1993.