By the Numbers: Harlem’s Ivy makeover
Three years into Columbia University’s expansion, a new urban campus is taking shape uptown
From the September issue: Come this fall, Columbia University’s 25-year-long expansion plan will reach a milestone. The Ivy League school expects to open two buildings, the Jerome L. Greene Science Center and the Lenfest Center for the Arts, in a 17-acre formerly industrial zone of West Harlem known as Manhattanville.
All told, the new campus, which starts at 125th Street and Broadway, will cost $7 billion and grow the school’s campus from 16 million square feet to 23 million square feet. The glassy redevelopment, whose master plan was designed by the architecture firm of Pritzker Prize-winner Renzo Piano in collaboration with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, is expected to have a huge impact on property values. [more]