Columbia Science Building No Small Feat

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

A $200 million interdisciplinary science building is headed for Columbia University.

Pulitzer-Prize winning architect José Rafael Moneo is the designer, The New York Times reports.

Moneo said the project, which is under construction at Broadway and West 120th Street, will not be a piece of cake to complete. Moneo will attempt to place a tall glass-and-aluminum building on top of a historic McKim, Mead & White gymnasium at the corner of Columbia’s main Morningside Heights campus.

“It is a complete building, spanning over the gymnasium but not touching the gymnasium,” Mr. Moneo told The New York Times. “The building is literally floating.”

If Moneo is successful, the building will open next fall, and construction will not interrupt basketball season. The 14-story building will house laboratories, a science library, a lecture hall and a cafe.

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