Work is nearing completion on Fashion Institute of Technology‘s ten-story New Academic Building at 220 West 28th Street in Chelsea, Manhattan. Designed by SHoP Architects, the 110,000-square-foot structure is engineered to LEED Gold standards and will yield new classrooms, administrative offices, review and exhibition spaces, and a student quad illuminated by skylights. Forte Construction Corp. is the general contractor for the property, which stands on a shallow plot between Seventh and Eighth Avenues on the northernmost edge of the FIT campus.
The remainder of the upper façade has been installed since our last update in late May, when the construction hoist was still attached to the northern elevation. The ensuing gap from its dismantlement has been filled in, and all that remains to completed is the ground floor, which is covered in white plastic sheets behind barriers.
The following photos showcase the look of the earth-toned side paneling, the expansive glass wall facing West 28th Street, and the bronze-hued fins that divide the flat reflective surface, which mirrors the sunlight from the opposing buildings.
The New Academic Building is situated within close walking distance to the A, C, and E trains and NJ Transit, Long Island Rail Road, and Amtrak trains beneath Penn Station, Madison Square Garden, and Moynihan Train Hall. The local 1 train is located half a block to the east at the 28th Street station on Seventh Avenue.
YIMBY anticipates the New Academic Building to be fully completed within the second half of 2024, possibly in time for the beginning of the fall semester.