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商院动态:Columbia’s New Complex Will Open For Classes In 2022  

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商院动态:Columbia’s New Complex Will Open For Classes In 2022

 

 

BY: JOHN A. BYRNE ON MAY 26, 2017

 

 

An easy satirical target for Columbia Business School students who put together the annual Follies Show has long been the school’s antiquated building. This spring, MBA jokesters again poked fun at the building’s crowded library and congested deli, noting that there was “nowhere to seat us, recruiters can’t meet us.” And in a video sendup of the MBA rankings game, one MBA student gleefully noted: “Now we’re getting a new building. We’re getting it done. We said 2016, but it’ll be in ’31.”

Not quite, but what a long strange trip it’s been. After all, the new home for CBS won’t open for classes until early 2022, nearly five years from now and more than 15 years since school administrators began to discuss the opportunity to relocate to what would become the university’s Manhattanville campus. Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, which opened its new home in March, was able to get its new complex up in less than seven years.

But things are much more complicated, expensive and time-consuming in New York, especially when it comes to a huge plot of land in a city where every inch of real estate is precious and competitive. Earlier this month, Dean Glenn Hubbard successfully completed a $500 million capital campaign that will cover the total cost of the two new buildings. That is twice as much as Kellogg spent on a complex that is only slightly smaller at 415,000 square feet. Columbia’s new home will more than double the size of the existing facility. The business school’s primary home, Uris Hall, is so cramped for space that CBS is now housed in two on-campus buildings with some support staff working out of a pair of off-campus facilities.

‘WE ARE SERIOUSLY SPACE CONSTRAINED IN OUR OLD ENVIRONMENT’

Since the decision was made to replace Uris Hall, several peer schools have gone from start to finish on new modern facilities, including Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, Yale University’s School of Management, and Kellogg. Many believe that the rectangular concrete block that is home to CBS is the least desirable and most cramped facility at any leading business school.

“We are seriously space constrained in our old environment,” says Janet Horan, vice dean of administration and chief operating officer. Indeed, when class lets out, the hallways are as crowded with students as the underground subway tunnels at 42nd St. There’s limited space for team meetings, conferences, small group seminars and co-curricular clubs and organizations, and there are few flexible classrooms.

Columbia Business School’s new home will dramatically change all that. The complex will span approximately 492,000 square feet across two buildings situated between a 40,000-square-foot open area to be known as The Square. The two buildings will be named for the project’s largest donors, Ronald Perelman, chairman and CEO of MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings, and Henry Kravis, co-founder and co-CEO of the leveraged buyout firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. Kravis gave a landmark gift of $125 million, while Perelman ponied up $100 million for the complex.

LONG DELAY PARTLY DUE TO RELOCATION TO THE NEW MANHATTANVILLE CAMPUS

Why the long delay? The move to a new university campus is clearly one factor. The university is redevelopoing a onetime industrial area largely populated by warehouses, parking lots and garages. The space required a major rezoning plan, which won approval from the City Council in 2007, for academic and residential mixed use. It includes more than 17 acres of property on the blocks from West 125th Street to 133rd Street between Broadway and 12th Avenue, as well as several properties on the east side of Broadway, from 131st to 134th Street.

“We were not really a part of the negotiations with the city,” says Horan. “The university worked with the city to get approval for the whole campus. We started ten years ago, probably even a little longer than that in working with the university on a new campus and where the business school would fit into that.”

“The best project always takes the greatest amount of time,” says Christopher Cashman, a spokesperson for Columbia Business School. “We have our eyes set on 2021. The biggest challenge is also the biggest advantage. There are already some other habitants so we will join a virbrant community. On one hand, it is a challenge because the university planned this expansive space. We are fortunate to be on there but we are just one part of it. On the other hand, the fact we are the next academic building to go up and will be joining a vibrant community is a plus.”

The Long & Winding Road Toward A New Business School At Columbia

Date Development
2003 President Bollinger announces the intention to build a campus in the old Manhattanville manufacturing zone of West Harlem
2006 Manhattanville Campus slated to include a site for a single business school building
2007 Columbia University begins the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure in June and finishes in December
2008 General Manhattanville Project Plan adopted and affirmed. Business School now slated for two buildings. Capital campaign launched and architect search begins
2011 Architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with FXFowle are selected to design the business school’s two new buildings
2014 Design phase for underground facilities approved
2015 Construction phase for facilities approved
November,2016 Excavation began
May, 2017 Completion of $500 million capital campaign for business school complex
December, 2021 Expected completion of new b-school buildings
January, 2022 Classes begin in new business school complex

 

CAPITAL CAMPAIGN FOR THE COMPLEX LAUNCHED IN 2008

In any case, it wasn’t until 2008 when, says Horan, the school launched its fundraising campaign and began working on an initital concept design for the new space. “In the initial thinking, the business school was going to be put on a different site on the new campus. We did a back-of-the-envelope calculation based on the square footage and what kind of space we would need. The cost came to about $400 million. But after the space analysis, we felt we didn’t fit there and we needed two sites and the project went from $400 million to $500 million.”

The change in plans occurred in 2010. The school then signed off on architectural firms a year later in 2011. Final design plans were not approved until 2014 when CBS finally settled on the construction plans and gained approval from the university’s trustees for the buildings. “This has been going on for quite some time,” concedes Horan.

Construction of the B-school complex also was delayed due to the design of the overall Manhattanville campus. “The campus has a very large underground infrastructure and the university is building that right now,” explains Ed Moroni, executive director of Manhattanville planning for Columbia Business School. “So they are digging down more than 50 feet at this point. There is quite a bit of program down there.”

‘WE CAN SEE THE HOLE IN THE GROUND NOW SO IT IS HAPPENING’

Besides the more typical plumbing, electrical and technology infrastructure, there’s also the building of an energy plant as well as truck ramps and loading docks. “We can see the hole in the ground now so it is happening,” says Horan. “You’ll see the building coming up itself in about a year,” adds Moroni, “and we expect to complete construction in late 2021 and begin classes in January of 2022.”

A couple of university buildings have already opened on the new campus, including the
Mort Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute building, which debuted last fall, and the Lenfest Center for the Arts, which opened in early April. A University Forum and Academic Conference Center will open next year. There’s also the potential for the engineering school to move to the new campus. The closest subway stop to the new business school complex is a block away at 125th St. and Broadway. When the business school moves out of Uris Hall, the old building will be taken by the university for arts and sciences.

Dean Hubbard met once a quarter with the design team to review progress on both the concept and the layout of the new buildings. The structures are designed by New York-based Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with FXFOWLE Architects as executive architect and Harlem-based AARRIS ATEPA Architects, a certified Women and Minority Business Enterprise (WMBE), as associate architect.

COMPLEX WILL ENCOURAGE ‘SOCIAL INTELLIGENCE SKILLS & COLLABORATION’

“One thing that is unique about the design is the two buildings,” says Horan. “The west building will be alternating floors of classrooms and faculty and PhD office space. In the east building, it will be classrooms, research center and administrative space.”

According to the architectural specs, the designs include spaces that “encourage the development of social intelligence skills and collaboration across disciplines, flexible classroom space with the latest technology, dedicated spaces for recruiting, events and networking and an alumni welcome center.

“Recognizing that creativity, innovation and communication—skills often nurtured in informal environments—are as important to contemporary business school pedagogy as the traditional, quantitative skills best taught in a classroom, the building’s internal spaces are organized around two distinct networks that foster informal interaction between the student and faculty of the school. Each network is a combination of circulation routes, lounge spaces, dining facilities and study rooms that facilitate planned and unplanned interaction 24 hours a day.”

 

 

以上内容摘自:

http://poetsandquants.com/2017/05/26/columbia-business-schools-new-home-wont-open-until-2022/ 

 

 

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