FIT’s New Academic Building Nears Completion at 220 West 28th Street in Chelsea, Manhattan

220 West 28th Street. Designed by SHoP Architects

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.

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

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.

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

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 StationMadison 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.

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10 Comments on "FIT’s New Academic Building Nears Completion at 220 West 28th Street in Chelsea, Manhattan"

  1. David : Sent From Heaven. | January 21, 2024 at 8:30 am | Reply

    The building continued to perfect design, and resulted its beautiful facade. Requirements for this look: Thanks to Michael Young.

  2. The entire block from 7th to 8th has been redone with multiple new apartment buildings and a new office building on the corner. Now this great addition to FIT. Most of the buildings are really well-designed and interesting. It has been a positive transformation over the past several years!

  3. New York City should encourage its colleges and universities to build new facilities to attract the best and brightest.

  4. Love the close-up photos!

  5. Acceptable overall building design but lacking any human scale details at sidewalk level. Building design totally erases any reference as to what might have previously occupied the site. Vertical curtain wall mullions try to give some interest to what is otherwise a very boring glass wall. Overall not an especially attractive looking building which unfortunately adds little or nothing to the surrounding neighborhood.

    • An unused open space with a loading dock and brick wall is what was “erased,” while the ground floor entrance and sidewalk frontage for the building hasn’t even been finished yet.

      Just be patient

    • That’s because the sidewalk level isn’t even done yet 🧐

  6. A simple, galant-modern design that adds a little color to the streetscape but allows what happens inside the building to shine. Designers, please take note of how the rendering actually represents the actual outcome.

  7. Christopher Callen | January 21, 2024 at 10:01 pm | Reply

    At least, It’s NOT another blue glass tower. North America’s biggest cities skylines are just overrun with those.

    • you are so right on that. Hopefully they will allow for student design display on the ground to continue to shine and showcase student talent. I WISH THEY HAD A MORE interesting logo that was showcased on the building. deffo much better than the loading g dock that had been there forever

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