New York, NY
17 ACRES • 740,500 SF • WITH RPBW
Over the past ten years, Davis Brody Bond in association with Renzo Piano Building Workshop have worked with Columbia University on the major, phased revitalization of a multi-block section of the Manhattanville neighborhood in West Harlem just north of the University’s historic Morningside Heights campus. The 17-acre site is being redeveloped with new academic and mixed-use facilities over a 25-year period. DBB + RPBW developed and realized the master plan and all key elements of the project, including: the 319,000 sf Jerome L. Greene Science Center; the 49,000 sf Lenfest Center for the Arts; a 400,000 sf School of International and Public Affairs; and below-grade plant and support space. DBB has also done pre-schematic work for planned renovations to existing University-owned buildings nearby.
Manhattanville’s goal is a new kind of urban academic environment — one that is connected to the Hudson River yet also woven into the surrounding community. Improved, pedestrian-friendly streets, active green spaces, and public plazas will reconnect West Harlem to the Hudson River waterfront park. New buildings include locally-oriented retail at street level and a permanent home for the City’s Columbia-assisted public school for math, science, and engineering.
The Jerome L. Greene Science Center and Lenfest Center for the Arts — the first phase of construction — were completed in 2017. Phase 1A was completed in 2018. Davis Brody Bond is currently working on the infrastucture and below-grade work for subsequent phases, which will emphasize interdisciplinary scholarship, including biomedical engineering, nanotechnology, systems biology, and urban and populations studies, as well as housing for graduate students and faculty.