Jose Rafael Moneo with representatives from Davis Brody Bond, Arup, Turner Construction Company, and Columbia University
Thursday, June 11, 2009
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
This program was part of the 2008-09 program calendar. Click here for information about our current season.
To expand much needed laboratory space and foster cross-disciplinary research, the Trustees of Columbia University endorsed the creation of the new Northwest Corner Building (NWC) in 2004. Special technical goals, such as criteria for vibration and electrical noise and the fact that the building will sit atop an existing gymnasium, required careful planning, engineering, and design. Actual construction began in March of 2007. The NWC will link all of the major science buildings at Columbia.
The building includes a campus lobby, a modern electronic science library, a lecture hall, and café – all aimed at fostering interdisciplinary interchange. Laboratories occupy the next seven floors. The topmost floor contains a “beacon” space for meetings as well as the remainder of the building’s primary mechanical equipment.
Rafael Moneo, the project’s design architect, and members of the design and construction teams from Davis Brody Bond, architect of record; Arup, project engineers; Turner Construction Company, construction manager; and Columbia University will lead a tour and discussion of the project.
Rendering courtesy of Columbia University