Construction and Renovation Across Columbia's Campuses

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Manhattanville campus is part of an ongoing investment in new and renovated facilities throughout the University, including award-winning new buildings on Morningside, the Medical Center, Baker Athletics Complex and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

  • The Northwest Corner Building—completing the core Morningside campus and creating a new public portal on Broadway—houses interdisciplinary labs for chemistry, biology, engineering and physics, and the engineering library, classrooms and faculty offices.
  • Columbia University Medical Center opened the new Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center in 2016—with technologically advanced classrooms, collaboration spaces, and a simulation center to reflect how 21st-century medicine is taught and practiced.
  • Columbia University Medical Center is building a new home for the Columbia University School of Nursing, scheduled to open in 2017 in Washington Heights.
  • A renovated Knox Hall on 122nd Street is the new home of Columbia's Departments of Sociology, Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures, Middle East Institute, South Asia Institute and Institute for African Studies.
  • With the help of a generous donation from Gary C. Comer and the Comer Science and Education Foundation, the University completed a state-of-the-art geochemistry building at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory campus in Palisades, New York.
  • Hamilton Hall, the historic center of Columbia College, completed its multiphase renovation in September 2007.
  • At Columbia Law School’s Jerome Greene Hall, expansion of the ninth floor in 2007 added new faculty offices, conference areas and seminar space. Improvements in 2015 included a reimagined lobby, as well as newly renovated space for the school’s clinics.
  • In 2009, a fully renovated McVickar Hall on West 113th Street, which once housed the School of Social Work, reopened as Columbia's first Alumni Center, and new home of the University's Office of Development and Alumni Relations.
  • The New York Times called Columbia's new Campbell Sports Center at the Baker Athletics Complex a building that shows both its "brains and its brawn"—the Municipal Art Society named it the best new building in New York in 2013.
  • The Muscota Marsh project created public access to a scenic, environmentally restored waterfront at the northern tip of Manhattan, connecting Columbia University's Baker Athletics Complex to the popular Inwood Hill Park.
  • Butler Library, the University’s flagship library, received a series of renovations that were completed in 2008.
  • The David and Helen Gurley Brown Institute for Media Innovation was established at Columbia Journalism School to inspire and support the creation and development of innovations in media. Its innovative new space in Pulitzer Hall opened in fall 2014.
  • The Data Science Institute at Columbia Engineering created new spaces in the Northwest Corner Building and Mudd Hall to train the next generation of data scientists across the University and develop innovative technology to serve society.
  • The Department of Physics established a new Center for Theoretical Physics on the eighth and ninth floors of Pupin Hall, home to historic, Nobel Prize-winning breakthroughs in physics.
  • New office space was created on the sixth floor of Alfred Lerner Hall for staff supporting Columbia College Student Affairs and Undergraduate Financial Aid.
  • In 2010, the sustainable renovation of Faculty House was awarded the prestigious Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification by the United States Green Building Council.
  • The Stabile Student Center at Columbia Journalism School created new dining and social spaces for the School and for the University community.
  • Café 212 on the first floor of Lerner Hall was renovated in 2016 with new furniture, lighting, acoustic ceiling, flooring, countertops, and a digital LED wall. West Harlem-based Body Lawson Associates and Richard Gonzalez Architect designed the project.
  • Renovations to 44 Morningside Drive, a six-story building with 31 apartments for faculty and graduate students, included the interior, a new elevator, the exterior roofing, the building’s façade and parapets, and the addition of a new cornice.
  • Renovations on the early 20th-century Gothic building, located at 80 Claremont Avenue, included construction of new offices, classrooms and meeting spaces to better accommodate the Religion Department and Columbia University Technology Ventures.
  • The construction of 2700 Broadway at 103rd Street, which provides faculty apartments, was completed in the summer of 2005.