Exterior work is progressing on the two newest additions to Columbia University‘s Manhattanville campus. Named the Henry R. Kravis Building and the Ronald O. Perelman Center for Business Innovation, the two structures are designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with FXCollaborative and will yield 450,000 square feet of classrooms, faculty offices, and lounge areas. The buildings will be connected by a landscaped public plaza and green space designed by James Corner Field Operations. Turner Construction Company is in charge of building the two new buildings, and Skidmore Owings & Merrill designed the master plan for the overall Manhattanville campus.
Recent photos show the progress at the site, which is bound by West 130th Street to the south, West 131st street to the north, the elevated Riverside Drive highway to the west, and Broadway to the east. The Forum and Wallach Art Gallery by Renzo Piano Building Workshop both sit to the south, across the street from the Ronald O. Perelman Center for Business Innovation.
The Henry R. Kravis Building appears to be slightly further ahead in progress with the outside substantially completed.
Minor work is left to be done around the pointed corners of the sloped exterior portions. They will be clad with light-colored panels as seen in the bottom of the following photograph.
The floor-to-ceiling glass looks to be fully installed, while interior work is underway.
Photos of the structure on a cloudy day reveal its cool-toned teal envelope, which appears much darker than Piano’s nearby projects.
The exterior hoist has been disassembled from the southern elevation of the Ronald O. Perelman Center since our last update over the summer, and more of the glass curtain wall has been installed.
The western side looks to be the most complete.
The Perelman Center features intersecting levels of asymmetrical horizontal projections in a staggered pattern. Corners cantilever out from the overall massing, adding greater emphasis.
YIMBY estimates that the new Manhattanville campus expansion will be completed sometime around 2022.