A pair of glass-clad buildings are quickly taking shape on Columbia University’s new Manhattanville campus. Formally named the Henry R. Kravis Building and the Ronald O. Perelman Center for Business Innovation, the two steel-framed structures will contain 450,000 square feet of classrooms, faculty offices, and lounge areas, and will feature multiple double-height spaces. Turner Construction Company is in charge of building the project designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with FXCollaborative.
Tectonic captured several photographs that reveal the vast amount of progress that has occurred since YIMBY’s last visit in May of 2019.
Both edifices have the majority of their curtain walls installed, and each will culminate in a white enclosure surrounding mechanical units above its flat roof parapet. The design of the Henry R. Kravis Building, which sits on the southernmost part of the construction site, features elongated rectangular volumes defined with angular cuts. These cantilever out over alternating levels of recessed curvy glass walls with rounded corners, creating an interesting visual contrast.
The Ronald O. Perelman Center for Business Innovation is separated from the Kravis Building by the concrete foundation for a future one-acre landscaped plaza and green lawn designed by James Corner Field Operations. This structure features a similar but more vertically compressed design. The separation of the clear glass is greatly reduced, and will be filled with thin bands of opaque white panels.
The 1 local train can be found to the east at the intersection of Broadway and West 125th Street, and the northernmost tip of Riverside Park is just to the west across Riverside Drive.
The Manhattanville campus is expected to be completed sometime around 2022.