Construction has topped out on Fashion Institute of Technology‘s ten-story New Academic Building at 220 West 28th Street in the Garment District of Chelsea. Designed by SHoP Architects, the 110,000-square-foot structure is engineered to achieve LEED Gold certification and will yield new classrooms, administrative offices, review and exhibition spaces, and a student quad illuminated by skylights. EE Cruz & Company is the general contractor for the Midtown, Manhattan project, which is located between Seventh and Eighth Avenues, within close proximity of Penn Station, Madison Square Garden, and Moynihan Train Hall.
Progress has been quick since our last update in early May, when the steel superstructure had recently passed the halfway mark. Now the framework has reached its pinnacle and concrete is being poured for floor plates on the lower levels.
The following renderings illustrate the appearance of the main northern face and various interior spaces. The broad elevation along 28th Street will be composed primarily of floor-to-ceiling glass, with a horizontal band of more transparent panels framing the student lounge level at the center. Undulating bronze-hued fins stretch from the second floor up to the parapet, adding depth to the appearance. Flat, setback wings clad in earth-toned paneling flank either end of the edifice.
The New Academic Building is slated for completion next spring.