Columbia Dedicates Its New Manhattanville Campus


Columbia Dedicates Its New Manhattanville Campus

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On October 24, 2016 President Lee C. Bollinger welcomed local officials, distinguished faculty, University deans, students, and renowned architect Renzo Piano at the dedication of Columbia's new 17-acre campus known as Manhattanville. Situated on a former industrial site on Broadway between 125th Street and 133rd Street, the new campus will add another 6.8 million square feet of academic space. The expansion of Columbia into West Harlem marks the largest expansion since the construction of the Morningside campus. Read the full article here.

The new urban campus will open its first new buildings—the Lenfest Center for the Arts and the Jerome L. Greene Science Center, home to the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute next spring. Renzo Piano Building Workshop designed the open campus plan with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. It is the first to receive LEED-ND Platinum for sustainable neighborhood development.

For the arts community, the new campus will provide a “cultural beacon for Columbia and the surrounding community, anchored by the Lenfest Center for the Arts as a vital epicenter for engagement with the arts through creating conversation and inspiring change.” The Lenfest Center for the Arts will be the second building to open, designed for the presentation and creation of art across disciplines, providing a dynamic new space for Columbia University School of the Arts.

It will host exhibitions, performances, screenings, symposia, readings and lectures that present new, global voices and perspectives. The building will also provide a new publicly accessible home for Columbia’s Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, allowing it to become a true community resource, and the Katharina Otto-Bernstein Screening Room, a brand-new, state-of-the-art facility. The building was made possible by a gift from former University Trustee H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest (LAW ’58, HON ’89), an admired patron of the arts who has also served on the boards of Philadelphia’s Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the Curtis Institute of Music.

Read more about the Lenfest Center for the Arts here and explore the Manhattanville campus here

Image: Lenfest Center for the Arts (left) and Jerome L. Greene Science Center (right). Photograph by © Columbia University/Frank Oudeman