New York, NY
Expected Completion 2021
Columbia University is moving its business school to its Manhattanville campus at 125th Street, with a planned opening in 2021. Across Twelfth Avenue from the school’s new central structure, the university has also leased a 15,000 sf industrial building to be repurposed as offices for its Executive Education programs and Office of Alumni and Development. BFA has been engaged for this renovation.
The project entails the planning and design of a mix of open and private offices, meeting spaces, conference rooms, and employee amenity spaces. Built at the turn of the 20th century as a meat packing plant, BFA’s design preserves much of the building’s industrial character, with exposed wood joists and beams on the second floor, and soaring ceilings. The integrity of the structure will remain, but will be equipped with technology and systems to support the activities of an active, collaborative workspace. The exterior of the building will remain largely intact to recall the neighborhood’s history as a waterfront manufacturing zone. A crisp, contemporary canopy marks the entrance. On the Twelfth Avenue facade, a 1980s mural celebrating Harlem’s musical legacy will be preserved and restored.