Law School Receives $.75M Grant

Photograph: A crane used for rebuilding Jerome Greene Hall towers over 116th Street.

Columbia Law School has been awarded a $750,000 challenge grant from the Kresge Foundation for the renovation and expansion of Jerome Greene Hall, a project currently underway.

"This is a tremendous honor for Columbia Law School because of the intense competition to secure Kresge challenge grants," said Columbia Law School Dean Lance Liebman. "By choosing Columbia for this award, The Kresge Foundation has recognized the Law School as one of the leading centers of legal education and scholarship in the country and the world."

Renovation of the Law School began in May 1995. The Kresge grant will provide funds toward the construction of a new entrance, lobby, and a student commons that includes reading areas, a lounge, and a cafe. The $10.6 million project, designed by the award-winning firm of Polshek and Partners Architects, will conclude in summer 1996.

The project includes the addition of a three-story high glass, steel and granite structure along the Law School's south side that will create a new entrance to the building and house student spaces above. Construction for that phase of the project is currently underway.

The Kresge grant is contingent on the Law School's ability to secure $4.35 million in new gifts and pledges for the reconstruction project by October 1996. One of the country's most prestigious and competitive private foundations, the Kresge Foundation, located in Troy, Mich., is also one of the few that makes grants for capital projects including the construction of facilities.

Columbia University Record -- October 13, 1995 -- Vol. 21, No. 6