Pratt Breaks Ground on Higgins Hall Centerpiece
Last summer on July 8th, President Schutte of Pratt Institute officiated at the goundbreaking ceremony marking the reconstruction on the center section of the Higgins Hall, which had been destroyed by fire in 1996. On hand was world renowned architect Steven Holl, who designed the new centerpiece. Also in attednace were contractor Frank Sciame, architectural planner Jonathan Marvel, Pratt board members Bruce Gitlin, Margaret Monsor Leung, and Dr. Joshua Smith, deputy borough president Yvonne Graham and district councilwomen Letitia James.
Thomas Hanrahan, dean of the architecture school, thanked everyone for their support of the reconstruction. "This project represents all of the things that are great about Pratt and about architecture," he said. "There is lot of history here and a lot of spirti. By joining together different parts of the buildings, we are also bringing together students, bringing together the past with the future, and bringing together different voices."
Steven Holl said he designed the frosted glass centerpiece to have an "amazing glow" from within in the evening. "As everyone knows," he says, "students of architecture always work at night b/c they are so dedicated." He used this trusim as inspiration for his creation.
The Higgins Hall structure is Holl's first project in New York City Deputy borough president and Clinton fHill resident, Yvonne Graham, welcomed Mr. Holl to New York. "With your reputation," she said, "we are sur that this will be a wonderfull addition, not only to Brooklyn, but to New York City." Coompletion of the project is expected in August of 2005.