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Checking in on Columbia University's Manhattanville expansion

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The forthcoming Academic Conference Center is currently on the rise

Southeast corner of the Academic Conference Center.
Photos courtesy Field Condition.

It has been a little more than a year since renderings were revealed for Columbia University’s forthcoming conference center for its new 17-acre Manhattanville Campus, beginning at the intersection of 125th Street and Broadway. The building, named the Academic Conference Center, is slated to house a 400-seat auditorium that will host symposiums, meetings, and more. In a set of photos captured by Field Condition, we can see the project beginning to take shape in its very early stages.

The steel support structure for the center recently topped out and will gear up for the next phase of construction. The building is being designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop and Dattner Architects and sits across from the recently debuted Jerome L. Greene Science Center. Other new buildings include the Lenfest Center for the Arts and the Columbia Business School (which will encompass two buildings), all designed by Renzo Piano.

Construction is expected to wrap up in 2018.

Facade of the Jerome L. Greene Science Center
Looking east towards the Manhattanville Expansion campus.