On November 14, Columbia University announced that Columbia Business School will be part of the first phase of the University's proposed academic expansion in 17 acres of the old Manhattanville manufacturing area of West Harlem.
"Columbia University generates the kind of intellectual capital that's essential to keeping New York a world capital of business and finance, media and culture," said Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger. "Columbia Business School is a cornerstone of the University's academic excellence. With this proposed move to a brand new home, we can assure that Columbia Business School will have the kind of space and first-class facilities that are crucial to maintaining its leadership among the top business schools in the world."
"This quantity and quality of space can break new ground for Columbia Business School in the way we deliver a world-class learning experience, empower faculty research, and support ties between our teaching and research activities and the School's strong network of alumni and business leaders," said Glenn Hubbard, dean of Columbia Business School. "The plan to move to Manhattanville provides us with the opportunity to bring all parts of the School together, and it provides us the best options for potential future expansion."
Pending all necessary public approvals, the University expects the new Business School building to be completed in the next five years. In the meantime, the School will continue its present plans for its current home in Uris Hall to renovate study group rooms, classroom and lecture halls, and other spaces to improve the existing environment for teaching, study, and research by students, faculty, and staff.
Proposed First Phase of an Expanded Academic Community in Manhattanville
The quarter-century plan for gradual University growth seeks to establish a vibrant center not only for education and academic research, but also for local jobs and economic opportunity, civic, and cultural life in the mostly post-industrial blocks between 125th and 133rd Streets, from Broadway west to Twelfth Avenue along the Riverside viaduct. The work is planned in stages, starting with the revitalization of the 125th Street corridor to the new waterfront park now under construction along the Hudson River. When fully built by 2030 as currently proposed, it would create an estimated 7,000 new university jobs in an area of the city where private-sector employment has been in decline for decades.
The first stage would include not only the new facility for the Columbia Business School, but also the Jerome L. Green Science Center led by the renowned neurobiologist Dr. Thomas Jessell, and Nobel Laureates Dr. Richard Axel and Dr. Eric Kandel; a new home for Columbia's School of the Arts, which will provide more of the cultural activity that is Harlem's historic strength; and a permanent site for a new University-assisted public school for math, science, and engineering geared toward high-performing students in grades 6—12 from Upper Manhattan. It would also include the renovation of existing buildings, such as Prentis Hall and the Studebaker Building, to accommodate new University uses.
The University's innovative plan is not for a traditional collegiate campus. The proposed urban design keeps all streets of four large blocks in the project area open to pedestrian and vehicle traffic—reanimating them with academic, commercial, and cultural activity that reconnects residential areas east of Broadway with a revitalized Hudson River waterfront. This includes providing new, street-level retail opportunities for local entrepreneurs and local consumers along major thoroughfares—125th Street, Broadway, and Twelfth Avenue—above which will be new space for teaching and research in a variety of new and existing fields of academic inquiry.
"A great business school is also important to many other fields at the University, where interdisciplinary work is increasingly central to both teaching and research," President Bollinger said. "And expanding our urban academic community into the old Manhattanville manufacturing area will not only help ensure Columbia's future in New York City as a global leader in higher education, it will also drive basic research, innovation, and entrepreneurship that will benefit the entire city."
For more information about the University's revitalization proposal in the old Manhattanville manufacturing area, visit www.columbia.edu/neighbors.