Columbia University Northwest Corner Building

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project at a glance

The Northwest Corner Building is a 14-story, 188,000 square foot LEED Gold certified research building.

The facility provides 21 wet labs on the top seven floors totaling 70,000 square feet. The remaining levels provide space for a science library. The labs were planned to maximize flexibility and have the ability to house vibration sensitive equipment. To ensure that this building engages the whole campus, classrooms, a 164-seat lecture hall, a 30-seat classroom and informal gathering and café spaces are included.

The construction and design team worked closely together to develop innovated practices to bring the Northwest Corner Building to life in a 42-month construction schedule.

The complex location and footprint created unique challenges for the project team. Most of the buildings 200’x65’ footprint is over an existing gymnasium. The team faced the complications of building the facility over the operational gymnasium, stabilizing the building against vibrations from the nearby transit system, and safely connecting the new building with pedestrian bridges to adjacent chemistry and physics halls.

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