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Urban Land Institute: Case Study of NYU Washington, DC

Date: 10/8/2013
Time: 4:30 PM

Abramson Family Auditorium
NYU Washington, DC
1307 L Street, NW
Washington, DC

NYU Global Academic Center in Washington, DC

Educational institutions form a major component of the economic vibrancy in the Washington, DC region. In addition to the growth and expansion of institutions traditionally based here, DC is experiencing growth in major educational institutions from outside the region establishing a presence here. Among the newest addition to this trend is the NYU Constance Milstein and Family Global Academic Center located at 1307 L. St., NW. The 75,000 square foot academic and residential facility provides a home-away-from-home for faculty and researchers traveling to Washington, and as a gathering space for NYU’s many alumni in the region. The Center is a key component of incorporating non-U.S. students into the study of the United States, its government, national priorities, and values.

The facility is an institutional/residential space thriving with public activity. It has the capacity to house 120 students per semester enrolled in courses and pursuing internships, and provides living and work space for faculty who are teaching and conducting research. The building includes state-of-the-art classrooms, dorm rooms, faculty offices and residential space, research space, and a 121-seat auditorium. Curricular offerings will focus on government, politics, environmental studies, and journalism, among other fields. Six floors of the Center feature four-person suite residences and single-occupancy rooms, in addition to three faculty/staff apartments. Green Elements include a green roof, high performance glass, and glass fins. The building, a tight fit on a 60 foot wide site, is pedestrian and mass transit oriented, with no on-site parking.

Lessons Learned

  • The site selection process
  • The purpose of having a presence in Washington, DC
  • The unique architectual features of the building
  • The sustainable and LEED goals of the site
  • The process of assembling financing
  • The construction challenges and surprises
  • The academic vision for NYU Washington, DC


Ronald Abramson

Trustee, New York University; Shareholder, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

Yolanda Cole

Senior Principal and Owner, Hickok Cole Architects

Maureen Dwyer

Director, Goulston & Storrs

Victoria Kiechel

Faculty, NYU Washington, DC; Professorial Lecturer School of International Service, American University

Matthew Santirocco

Senior Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs, New York University

Gerry Sigal

Founder and CEO, Sigal Construction Corporation

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