Excavation and foundation work are progressing at 220 West 28th Street, site of Fashion Institute of Technology‘s New Academic Building in the Garment District of Chelsea. Designed by SHoP Architects, the ten-story, 110,000-square-foot structure will rise from a slender rectangular plot between Seventh and Eighth Avenues. The site is within walking distance of Penn Station, Madison Square Garden, and Moynihan Train Hall and is aiming for LEED Gold certification. EE Cruz & Company Inc. is the general contractor for the project.
Our last update in late July showed excavators and piling machines working along the surrounding foundation walls of the adjacent Marvin Feldman Center, which will eventually connect with the New Academic Building. A recent walk around the site shows the piling machines gone and steel rebar protruding from the sunken steel caissons spanning the southern edge. The western end of the property still remains to be excavated.
The New Academic Building will feature a large multi-story glass curtain wall along the main northern elevation facing West 28th Street. A closer look depicts the most transparent portion of the envelope running horizontally around the middle third of the façade. Both the top and bottom half appear to be more reflective. Reflective bronze fins will run the full height of the curtain wall, adding texture to the design. The eastern and western ends will be left blank, clad in brown rectangular panels with subtly varying shades. The overall choice of colors and materials will provide a nice architectural contrast with the Brutalist buildings that have stood on FIT’s campus for many decades.
The interior rendering here is looking at the student lounge area. Other programs within the New Academic Building include classrooms, administrative offices, review and exhibition spaces, and a student quad illuminated by skylights.
The New Academic Building is set to be completed in the spring of 2023, as noted on site.