St. Francis College will soon relocate its New York campus to The Wheeler Building at 181 Livingston Street in Downtown Brooklyn. The new facility is expected to open in September 2022 and includes the introduction of new academic programs, dining area, event spaces, and collaborative areas.
The relocation is the cornerstone of SFC Forward, the college’s initiative to further support its student pool through modernized curriculum, programming, and staff. The new facilities will allow the college to meet its goal of 3,500 enrolled students by 2026.
“We are excited about SFC Forward and our relocation,” said Denis J. Salamone ’75, chair of the St. Francis College board of trustees. “This initiative will make us more competitive and ensure future generations of Terriers receive life-changing academic and student experiences affording them increased social mobility.”
The Wheeler Building stands 14 stories tall and was redeveloped by Tishman Speyer with architects Perkins Eastman and Shinoda Design Group. The college will occupy the fifth, sixth, and seventh floors positioned above a Macy’s Department Store. The majority of the academic facilities, spanning approximately 255,000 square feet, will occupy the steel-framed addition perched above the retailer.
The full gamut of new facilities includes a 300-seat auditorium, a 260-seat cafeteria, a tiered screening room, a private outdoor terrace and roof deck, two art galleries, and gathering spaces for students to work together, study, and relax. In addition to new labs and classrooms, students will also have access to a 6,600-square-foot library with study and research spaces.
While the new campus does not include a gym or pool on site, the college is developing partnerships with nearby institutions to share indoor spaces for practice sessions and competitions. St. Francis College will also continue to use off-site playing fields and other spaces for its outdoor sports programming.
“Our students deserve nothing less than an education that meets the demands of the 21st-century economy,” said Jennifer Lancaster, Ph.D., vice president for academic affairs and academic dean. “SFC Forward ensures that we are immersing our students in global perspectives and learning experiences, expanding into emerging fields, and reinforcing students as critical thinkers, leaders, and lifelong learners.”
At this time construction is ongoing and reportedly on target to debut in 2022.