You’ve probably seen the students shuffling their suitcases and boxes into The New School dorms across the district. Today is the final Move-In day for incoming students. This is also the first time that the brand new University Center at 14th Street and Fifth Avenue will be utilized.
The new building started turning heads earlier this year when the brass exterior began to take shape. The new 16-story center will house design studios, laboratories, interdisciplinary classrooms and nine floors of student dorms. Just last month, the building received praise by Mayor Bloomberg for its incorporation of active design, which encourages building occupants to use stairwells. The building was designed by architectural powerhouse Owings & Merrill, and features angled brass and glass design elements. The central stair is intended as the principal means of circulation throughout the building, and there is also space within the building for bike storage rooms and showers to encourage cycling, walking and running between home and school. Additionally, the building will be one of the greenest in the neighborhood, utilizing super-efficient LED lights, vacancy sensors and a gray- and black-water treatment facility using sustainably sourced materials. The dormitory portion of the building opens later this month, and the academic portion will open in January 2014.