A traditional "Topping Out" ceremony on Friday, February 22, at 8:30 a.m., marks the completion of the first major phase of construction for the new Irving Cancer Research Center, the third building in the Columbia Audubon Science and Technology Park. The 13-story, approximately 300,000-square-foot facility is named for New York City philanthropist and food distribution executive Herbert Irving.
The creation of the Irving Cancer Research Center, a state-of-the-art building bringing basic scientists and clinicians working on cancer, genetics and cell biology together in one site, will encourage collaborative efforts, building on Columbia's important contributions in medical research and treatment.
The building, designed by Davis Brody Bond, features nine floors of research space, underground parking and clinical facilities. A comprehensive breast cancer screening facility and research laboratories will be located in the new building, funded by a $10 million gift from Avon Products Foundation to Columbia and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Occupancy of the building will begin in the spring of 2003.
Participants in the ceremony include: Gerald Fischbach, executive vice president for health and biomedical sciences and dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Columbia; George Rupp, president of Columbia; Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Irving; Herbert Pardes, president and CEO, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, and elected officials.