The first panels of curtain wall have gone up on the west façade at Diller Scofidio & Renfro's new, 14-story building for the Columbia University Medical College. The panels consist of a single pane of full floor height glass, much like those used on the recent World Trade Center and Hudson Yards towers. Vertical stripes of white frit have been applied in a gradient pattern to create zones of differing amounts of opacity. Also visible is the white cladding for the diagonal structural members that support the "Study Cascade" element that runs the entire vertical expanse of the south façade. The "Study Cascade" is a 14-story, open stair that provides space for study and social engagement amongst the various disciplines housed within.
When completed in 2016, the building will house P&S, Nursing, Dental Medicine, the Mailman School of Public Health, and the biomedical departments of the CUMC.