The CUNY Advanced Science and Research Center & The City College Center for Discovery and Innovation

New York, NY, USA City University of New York Flad, Architect-of-Record Education, Health + Science 390,000 ft2 / 36,000 m2 Gold (Goal) AIA New York State Excelsior Award for Public Architecture (2015)

After completing feasibility and master plan studies for City College in Harlem, KPF developed a state-of-the-art design for the Advanced Science and Research Center and the City College Center for Discovery and Innovation, which together comprise a new CUNY science campus headquartered in upper Manhattan. The project is the keystone of CUNY’s “Decade of the Sciences” initiative. The project will offer CUNY new multi-disciplinary academic research facilities with laboratories, classrooms, faculty and administrative offices, auditorium and café.

The two buildings that comprise the new science complex form a gateway to the South Campus. Each of the two buildings are approximately 200,000 square feet. The buildings are designed to accommodate a wide range of research initiatives in many varied disciplines, through the use of a modular utility “infrastructure” that can be modified at the laboratory space to support specific research requirements. The two buildings will be connected at the base by a number of shared facilities, including a vivarium, a receiving area, building support activities, and various shared core facilities such as Imaging Modalities, behavioral studies and cryo-physics. Each building has a unique identity on the interior with a common exterior campus expression.

The ASRC building will house state-of-the-art science facilities and the program is arranged thematically on a floor by floor basis focusing on five areas of research: Photonics; Structural Biology; Biosensing/Remote Sensing; Nanotechnology; and Neuroscience. The ASRC is a CUNY-wide facility providing hoteling for outside research activities.

In contrast, the City College Center for Discovery and Innovation is laid out with multiple disciplines on each floor allowing for work on joint topics and projects. There is also more undergraduate student traffic in and out of the building. Both buildings promote active collaboration for researchers, faculty and students.

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