New York, New York
Our planning study evolved from the desire by leadership at City College of New York to explore creating a student oriented space for this predominantly commuter school. The objective was to create a gathering place that would offer students a variety of social and study spaces. The Program for the Student Center was defined as a range of uses to create an inviting campus environment. The program provides students with spaces to study, collaborate, relax, and socialize on campus, including a café, active areas for impromptu performances and club meetings. The design concept is sensitive the surrounding community, creating a flexible gallery area for community oriented events and outreach along Amsterdam Avenue. An important goal of the project was to celebrate the campus. After consideration of a number of locations, building the new Student Center at the North Academic Center became the focus of the planning work. The planning concept combined partial renovation of two floors of the building and a new additional floor above. The use of glass maximizes notable views of the campus, including the historic Shepard Hall as the centerpiece of the campus. We created a new environment with minimal architectural impact, retaining most existing partitions, carefully connecting old and new and providing new lighting, finishes and furnishings to unify the whole.