Construction will be completed soon NYUCampus expansion 181 Mercer Street of Greenwich Village..Designed by Davis Brody Bond When Kierant TimberlakeThe 735,000-square-foot complex consists of three towers rising from a full-block podium between Houston, Mercer and Bleecker Street, and IM Pei’s University Village complex. This project is the culmination of more than a decade of proposals, plans and constructions dating back to the mid-2000s. Turner Construction Company is a general contractor of development aiming for LEED Gold certification.
Since then Our last update In July, a glass curtain wall surrounded the rest of the upper floors of all three towers, and glass railings were assembled along the perimeter of the podium. The only façade section awaiting completion is the gap where the construction elevator remains attached to the tower. The south-high elevator facing Houston Street will begin disassembling on March 5, and should reach street height in the coming weeks.
One of the interesting details discovered during our visit is the abstract orange and black pattern across the honeycomb tiles underneath the cantilever section. So far, only two volumes have received this treatment, but the other volumes should follow.
40% of the interior of 181 Mercer Street will be dedicated to academic spaces with 58 new classrooms. Other components include a new dormitory for students and faculty, additional office space and dining area, and a beautiful outdoor rooftop terrace on a podium totaling 25,000 square feet. The centralized space for students, called the Commons, spans two floors with access to the theater with a cafe, a large seating area, a balcony designed to accommodate up to 350 people and a mezzanine seating.
The complex also includes indoor sports facilities such as a 6-lane swimming pool, running track, 4 basketball courts, squash courts, wrestling rooms and multiple fitness rooms. There are also dozens of new music instruction and practice rooms and New York University’s first orchestra ensemble room.
Below are some internal and external renderings of the complex.
181 Mercer Street is reported to be open by November 2022, but will officially open in the spring of 2023.
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