Columbia University’s Jerome L. Greene Science Center was conceived as a place for human connection, intellectual excellence, and pioneering research that cuts across traditional academic boundaries. Home to the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute, the center will be a thriving hub that brings together faculty and students from across Columbia University, scholars from around the world, and members of the local community.
The nine-story, 450,000-square-foot structure is one of the largest that Columbia has ever built and the biggest academic science building in New York City. It was designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano with Davis Brody Bond, LLP, as executive architect, and Body Lawson Associates, a Harlem-based certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), as associate architect. Stairways that pair floors and common spaces with communal facilities, and a quadrant system per floor that groups the labs with similar areas of inquiry will foster idea-sharing and problem-solving among fellow researchers.
The building is part of the Columbia University’s Manhattanville Campus master plan that was awarded the US Green Building Council’s highest LEED-ND Platinum certification, a first for NYC and a university plan nationwide.
Join the AIANY Science and Research Facilites Committee for a discussion about the challenges overcome and considerations taken to complete this project.
Antoine Chaaya, Partner, Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Marcelo Velez, Vice President, Manhattanville Development Group, Columbia University