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CurbedWire: Curtains for Columbia, Buck Passed on Collapse

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MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS?Columbia University's big pre-expansion construction project?the 14-story science building at Broadway and 120th Street designed by Spanish architect José Rafael Moneo?is getting its aluminum-clad curtain wall installed. The building is "the first visible gesture to the Manhattanville campus that the university is planning," the Times wrote. Manhattanvile: Are you ready for some heavy metal? [CurbedWire Inbox]

TRIBECA?Following yesterday's partial building collapse at 71 Reade Street, the architect of the historic building's pending hotel conversion, Eran Chen, said foundation work on the empty lot next door (which will one day be this) may have caused the building to collapse. Not so, say BKSK Architects, the firm working on that empty lot. In a statement, BKSK says, "On April 29 there was a partial facade collapse on the site adjacent to 77 Reade Street, a residential development project designed by BKSK Architects and currently under construction. Contrary to some published reports, no excavation has been done nor underpinning proposed along the eastern lot line shared with the partially collapsed building facade at 71 Reade Street. Site shoring installed after the demolition of 91-93 Chambers Street (formerly Ralph's Discount) was approved and monitored by DOB, remains in place, and is not proximate to the area of collapse." Fight! [CurbedWire Inbox]

77 Reade Street

77 Reade Street, New York, NY 10007