CUNY Advanced Science Research Center & The City College Center for Discovery and Innovation

Jeremy Bittermann

18 Sunday

Tour Time: 12:00

Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates; Flad Architects (architect-of-record)
85 St. Nicholas Terrace,

The two buildings of the CUNY ASRC and the CCNY Center for Discovery and Innovation are positioned overlooking Harlem and Manhattan on the City College campus. The science complex utilizes ideas of compression and release to create a dynamic space for a university that values outdoor green space within the density of the city.

The multi-disciplinary science research laboratories are split into two wings, Center for Discovery and Innovation and The Advanced Science Center. The two wings are joined by a common ground level floor with shared facilities, the roof of which forms the elevated and landscaped shared plaza and garden onto which the main lobbies of each wing face.
The Advanced Research Center caters to nationally recognized scientists and career researchers across the CUNY system. Beyond state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, it houses amenities including an auditorium and café. Center for Discovery and Innovation is dedicated to faculty and student research. ‘Twins’ with distinct personalities, the two buildings form a cohesive complex, while the interiors differ in character and expression, reflecting each user group.

The design of the laboratory block is dictated by the equipment it houses and a need for flexibility. The resulting form is rectilinear and simple, creating bookends for the complex. In contrast, programs that are more flexible, such as offices and social spaces, bend to preserve open space on the campus.

Tour Guides: Jill Lerner, FAIA, Principal, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Hana Kassem, AIA, LEED AP, Director, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Phillip White, AIA, Director, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
David Halpern, Project Manager, Senior Associate, Flad Architects

Price: $10

Registration will close at 11:59pm on October 15, and onsite registration is not possible.