With exterior work wrapping up on the Jerome L. Greene Science Center, much of the progress since the last update is focused on the Lenfest Center for the Arts, the smaller, adjacent building. Also designed by the Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW), the Center for the Arts houses galleries, performance spaces, a screening room, and offices into an eight-story structure. Currently, the steel superstructure has topped out and installation of the exterior wall is underway. The structure looks to be clad in a unitized panel system of white metal and glass similar in appearance to RPBW's almost completed Whitney Museum at the High Line.
The third RPBW building in Columbia University's master plan for the Manhattanville campus, the Academic Conference Center, has yet to start up after the initial site demo completed. Located south of the Science Center, it will house a 400-seat auditorium and state-of-the-art seminar and meeting rooms inside a five-story structure.
Architects: Renzo Piano Building Workshop with Davis Brody Bond LLP (Science Center and Center for the Arts), RPBW with Dattner Architects (Academic Conference Center); Program: Education; Location: Manhattanville, New York, NY; Completion: 2016.