Well, at least they topped out.
There was a stop worker on them for a little while, due to safety lapses on site. They're progressing remarkably slowly.
Well, at least they topped out.
I the distance between them you can see the Mount Sinai Development
Entrance of The Spitzer School of Architecture
New facade of Marshak Building (north campus) almost finished (with CCNY's Solar Roofpod under construction atop the podium)
CCNY Science Building - finally facaded. Disappointing bland outer facade but I think the inner facade will be more interesting.
Similarly bland outer facade
11/07/11 - kind of odd the way the outer facades were installed and the inner ones weren't. I assume it has to do with loading heavy equipment directly into the labs and mechanical spaces.
East building (ASRC)
Also, facade replacement at Marshak on the north campus is complete. Looks totally massive.
The sun was pretty bright
Marshak, late May. Kind of growing on me. Like a fungus.
So I walked by the new science buildings today. The glass is on almost everywhere, and it looks like they value engineered anything interesting right out of it. The inner facing facades do have some kind of clear glass fins poking out between their mullions though, so it might look a little different in sunlight or something.
The end-stair facades are entirely disappointing and not transparent at all. It seemed like they were originally going to showcase the vertical circulation but it looks pretty solid now, with very little vision to the interior.
Now we wait and see whether or not they'll install schist on the base, or if they'll VE that out too like they did with the architecture building.
In Construction> CUNY Research Center
Curving LEED-Gold buildings by KPF and Flad Architects usher in a "Decade of Science" in Harlem.
by Aaron Seward
Rendering of ASRC complex with green roofs on connector. Courtesy KPF
In 2006, the City University of New York kicked off an effort to double its number of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics graduates by 2015, dubbing the ten years to follow its “Decade of Science.” Pursuing this ambition, the university tapped KPF and Flad Architects to design a new multidisciplinary research facility with laboratories, classrooms, faculty and administrative offices, and a cafe on its south campus in Harlem. Now nearing completion, the Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) features two glass-clad facing towers connected by a below-grade space that is topped by an intensive green roof. Altogether, the complex comprises 400,000 square feet. A future phase of construction will add another 200,000 square feet.
KPF, which also designed the master plan of CUNY’s south campus, arranged the two towers on a north-south axis, maintaining the college’s main circulation corridor and maximizing the ridgetop site’s spectacular views of Manhattan. This arrangement also allowed the designers to orient the buildings toward St. Nicholas Boulevard and keep a 200-foot distance from the existing structural biology building—a necessary step considering that excavating and driving piles for the new structures threatened to disrupt the sensitive equipment involved in that program’s ongoing experiments. As it was, digging out the foundation, an operation that involved carving through bedrock, took an entire year to complete.
Recent construction shot of the two slabs. John Chu
The structural steel-framed towers themselves are each laid out on two distinct plans: rectangular volumes based around an ideal flexible module for lab spaces and more fluid, curvy volumes that house social spaces, offices, and meeting and break rooms. The curvy volumes, which are expressed by the building’s facade, look out onto the complex’s central green. The shared space below the green contains the facility’s more sensitive, vibration-prone equipment, including a vivarium, imaging facilities, and a loading dock.
Materially, the two towers relate to each other. Each building’s base is clad in rusticated gneiss stone. Though it comes all the way from China, the designers picked this material because it most closely resembles the Manhattan schist that makes up the majority of City College’s historic Gothic Revival campus. Manhattan schist itself is no longer available as a building material.
Above this green-gray-white stone base, the towers are clad with a unitized low-e glass, structurally glazed curtain wall. The curtain wall has three distinct expressive zones. The curving sections that shelter the offices are made up of modules, 2 feet 6 inches wide by 16 feet high (the buildings’ average floor-to-floor height is 16 feet), that simulate the sinuous form without requiring the cost-prohibitive measure of curving the glass itself. Half the height of each module is vision glass, while the remainder is a medium-gray shadow box spandrel. The vision sections feature 10-inch-deep vertical glass fins that protrude from the wall’s 4-inch aluminum mullions. The fins feature vertical white line fritting that helps cut down on glare and heat loading. The tips of the fins are cut like prisms to catch the light and create a rainbow effect across the facade.
At the top of the towers yet another facade system takes over, a painted aluminum louvered cladding system. It conceals the buildings’ robust exhaust fans and features acoustical properties that cut down on the noise produced by these workhorses, a neighborly gesture that will help the residents of the campus’ nearby dormitory catch some much needed shut-eye, whether by day or night.
Third floor plan.
"Manhattan schist itself is no longer available as a building material."
Did they not just dig out a ton of it for foundations? There was enough carted out of there for 3 of these complexes.
Marshak from 135th St.
what exactly are the differences between the 3 new ASRC buildings?
There are only two - the other is exclusively CCNY's science building.
ASRC I and II are shaped to match their individual sites along St. Nicholas Terrace. ASRC II will also likely be a bit different using lessons learned from the construction (or operation, if construction begins further in the future) of ASRC I.