Columbia University’s Manhattanville Campus expansion, in Harlem, is one of the biggest new developments underway in New York City, though it may not look it at the moment. Construction is continuing in phases, and today, YIMBY has the latest photos of progress at the new three-story academic conference center, as shot by Tectonic.
The structure’s growth has been moving along quickly. When YIMBY last reported on 3205 Broadway, the steel framework had barely risen to the second floor. Now, the framework is nearly complete, and segments of the concrete façade have been installed. The facility will include two auditoriums, an information center, meeting rooms, and a café.
Glass has not yet been installed. Construction on this site is expected to wrap up next year.
Columbia’s Manhattanville campus will stretch across 17 acres, and create 6.8 million square feet of space. Architect Renzo Piano worked on the master plan for the development, a concept that was imperative for Columbia President Lee Bollinger to begin working on the project.
The ideology of the development is to bring together a diversity of academic fields to tackle larger questions facing society. The design is in contrast to Columbia’s existing campus location in Morningside Heights, which is cloistered and inwards-facing.
The new campus aims to be open and welcoming of the surrounding community, reflected by the glassy modernist designs. The entirety of the expansion is expected to be complete by 2030.