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Construction Set to Begin for New Journalism Student Center

Photo by John Smock
Journalism Dean Sree Sreenivasan, left, with fellow awardees Mona Khanna of CBS and Amol Sharma of the Wall Street Journal, from the South Asian Journalists Association, which is based at Columbia.

For the first time since the 1913 opening of its building, the Graduate School of Journalism is poised to create a comprehensive student center, thanks to lead gifts from Toni Stabile and Daniel J. Edelman (J’41).

The Stabile Student Center, scheduled to open in the fall of 2007, will contain a series of comfortable and highly visible spaces where students, faculty, staff, administrators and alumni can relax and interact. The plan, by Marble Fairbanks Architects, reconfigures the western end of the double-height main floor (200 level) and basement (100 level), and makes exceptional use of previously underutilized spaces, including the 100 level, a long-abandoned stair hall and the outdoor terrace.

The heart of the new center is a social hub that occupies much of the 200 level. It will be configured and furnished for flexible use, from socializing to study to special events. A glass enclosure on the western end of the terrace will create a 1,000-sq. ft. café. The café’s main façade will be an enormous version of a double-hung window, which can be opened in fine weather. An intricate ceiling of slanted glass panels will direct seasonal sunlight to best interior advantage. The center will be accessible via the building’s main entrance and from the terrace, which will have outdoor seating.

The Admissions Office will become newly visible upon its relocation to the former library space on the north side of the lobby. Admissions and Career Services also will share a conference area on the east side of the lobby, formerly occupied by the mail room, which will move to the 100 level. Adjunct offices will move from the western to the eastern end of the 100 level.

The project will greatly improve the overall J-school experience and dramatically align the school’s physical plant with the curricular and administrative changes made in the past several years.

Published: Apr 20, 2007
Last modified: Nov 14, 2007