NEW YORK, April 29, 2010 – Marking a high point in the celebration of its 75th anniversary, the New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies announced that it is uniting its Washington Square academic programs and services—now arrayed across several locations in Greenwich Village—into a single NYU building at 7 East 12th Street. This new home fulfills the long-held aspirations of NYU-SCPS faculty and staff and generations of students for an identifiable and dedicated teaching, learning, and administrative environment at the University’s main campus.
The move into the 12-story facility will bring together the School’s Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management, the Paul McGhee Division for undergraduate studies for adults, and the Liberal Studies and Allied Arts division (including the American Language Institute and programs in interpreting, translation, foreign languages, arts appraisal, humanities, and writing).
For the first time, NYU-SCPS undergraduates will be able to meet with their advisors, faculty, take classes—and hang-out—in the same building. For the full-time, traditional-aged students of the Tisch Center, as well as for the adult undergraduates in Paul McGhee, the new sense of place and identity will be a dramatic and welcome change. The facility is also expected to house the Office of the Dean, and the NYU-SCPS admissions, financial aid, career services, and alumni affairs offices. Occupancy is planned to begin in early summer of 2011.
“We’re delighted to be able to tell our faculty, students, and 23,000 plus worldwide degree-holding alumni that NYU-SCPS finally has a place to call home within the University and the City,” says Dean Robert Lapiner. “It is especially meaningful that our trustees authorized this transformative opportunity during the School’s 75th anniversary year, demonstrating the University’s recognition of the School’s accomplishments and ever greater promise.
“I also want to express particular gratitude to the leading donors to the Tisch Center for their support and ongoing generosity over the years. While we must continue to seek crucial philanthropic assistance for our students, academic initiatives, and our capital requirements, the advocacy and financial commitments of our Tisch Center donors strengthened the University’s enthusiasm to enable SCPS to acquire the building—and thereby create at last a dedicated NYU home for our programs in hospitality, tourism, and sports business,” Lapiner adds.
The building’s 117,000 square feet will be divided into 65,000 square feet of administrative and faculty offices, with the remainder of the 52,000 square feet dedicated to classrooms, multi-use student lounges, and conference rooms. The 7 East 12th Street building will house nearly 60 full-time faculty.
The move into the building will now anchor NYU-SCPS in three main Manhattan locations: the core NYU campus in Washington Square/Greenwich Village; the Midtown Graduate Center at 11 West 42nd Street (which houses the NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate; Center for Publishing; Center for Advanced Digital Applications; and graduate and continuing education programs in Human Resource Management and Development; Integrated Marketing; Management and Systems; Public Relations and Corporate Communication; and Graphic Communications); and downtown at the Woolworth Building, 15 Barclay Street (which houses the Center for Global Affairs and other programs). NYU-SCPS degree and noncredit program courses will continue to be held across these and other locations at NYU and in New York City.
Built in 1948, 7 East 12th Street was acquired by NYU in 1992 to house various administrative offices. The building originally housed Fairchild Publications—publishers of fashion magazines, such as W, Women’s Wear Daily, and M. Inc.—for nearly 45 years. It was designed by the firm of Harrison & Abramovitz, the architects of Rockefeller Center and the United Nations Secretariat building.
Following a thorough selection process, the New York-based firm of Mitchell/Giurgola Architects was chosen to oversee the redesign and reconfiguration of the building. The building will have a striking new and transparent facade, state-of-the-art functional classrooms, multi-use student lounges, conference rooms, and efficient new offices, consistent with the standards expected of NYU facilities.
In keeping with NYU’s Climate Action Plan—the University-wide effort to reduce its environmental footprint and save energy—the School is committed to making its new home energy efficient, meeting LEED Certification standards, using environmentally friendly materials, “smart” energy systems, and maximizing natural light.