Construction is rising on the Fashion Institute of Technology‘s New Academic Building, a ten-story structure at 220 West 28th Street in the Garment District of Chelsea. Designed by SHoP Architects, the 110,000-square-foot facility will yield new classrooms, administrative offices, review and exhibition spaces, and a student quad illuminated by skylights. EE Cruz & Company Inc. is the general contractor for the Midtown project, which is located between Seventh and Eighth Avenues, within walking distance of Penn Station, Madison Square Garden, and Moynihan Train Hall. The New Academic Building is aiming for LEED Gold certification upon completion.
Work has proceeded swiftly since our last update in January, when construction had yet to reach street level. Since then, the steel superstructure has quickly begun assembly and has already risen past the halfway mark.
Fireproofing of the steel columns, beams, and girders had not started at the time of photography in late April, but could occur in the coming weeks. Curtain wall installation would soon follow, perhaps within the latter half of 2022.
The renderings below show the majority of the main northern elevation enclosed in tall floor-to-ceiling glass, with more transparent panes around the midsection of the edifice. The eastern and western ends flanking the glass are shown covered with a staggered pattern of earth-toned metal panels. Thin, bronze-hued fins are interspersed between the glass façade from the second floor to the flat roof parapet. New tree-lined sidewalks will surround the ground floor and main entrance.
The student lounge area will sit behind the clearer section of glass.
The New Academic Building is slated for completion next spring.
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