New York, Queens
The vision behind the design, planning, and construction of Touro College’s Kew Gardens Hills campus was to create an environment that supported the College’s goal of academic achievement and cultural excellence for Jewish students. The main academic facility on the campus, Lander College for Men, is a four story, 73,000 sf building designed by IBI Group Gruzen Samton completed in 2002. The new $22 million facility occupies the corner of 150th Street and 75th Road. The “L” shaped building includes a four story wing and a three story wing which house numerous, diverse program functions. The building contains: 16 high-technology classrooms, including three classrooms equipped for distance learning, a Beis Medrash (specialized library for Talmudic studies); a 22,000 volume, 7,000 sf library, four computer labs, five student science laboratories, and four faculty research laboratories. The main walls of the library and Beis Medrash Study Hall are transparent glass, contributing to an airy and spacious feel and optimizing day lighting which helps keep energy costs to a minimum. The wings of the building create a student courtyard in the center of the Kew Gardens Hills campus which has become a popular gathering space for the entire college. The roof of the building has open-air terraces for student use. The balance of the site includes recreational spaces and athletic facilities, resulting in a campus plan that encourages interaction between members of Touro College’s students, faculty, and administration.