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campus experience at the heart of its scholarship, the library." Lead designer Duffy,
it should be noted, has significant experience designing academic facilities, having
worked on buildings at the New School and
According to Barnard, the building's
unique design featuring terracing will serve
two functions: One is to invite sunlight onto
the campus lawn, while also serving as a
respectful neighbor to its community. The
terraces, with their green spaces, will extend
the lawn up onto the building, creating
inviting outdoor spaces.
The school is committed to limiting its
carbon footprint, and in partnering with
SOM, Barnard chose an architectural firm
noted for its commitment to innovative sustainable strategies. Presently, the building is
slated to receive LEED Silver rating from the
U.S. Green Building Council.
In choosing a construction services company for the project, Barnard elected to go with
one of the most experienced firms when it
comes to building in New York City: Turner
Construction. It was founded in 1902 and
has contributed to many of the city's landmark projects including Madison Square
Garden, Lincoln Center and Yankee stadium.
Turner has 46 offices in the United States,
is active in 20 countries around the world
and averages about 1,500 projects a year.
Although its services include general contracting and construction management, the
company is also noted for its green building
projects, which include many in the academic field. Turner is one of the largest Green
contractors in the United States, and has
completed 300 projects that have been LEED
certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.
So far, the Milstein Center is set to be
completed on schedule. There was a topping
off ceremony in April signifying the end
of the structure's steel construction phase.
Students and attendees were able to sign
the beam that went atop the steel structure.
The current phase is the installation of
the exterior walls, including the façade,
which is made up large patinated zinc
panels. This phase is expected to continue
through August and includes the construction of party walls. Sadly for Barnard
students, the term "party wall" isn't as
exciting as it sounds. It refers to structures
that adjoin adjacent buildings. In this case,
that would be Altschul on the north side
and Barnard Annex to the south.
Interior finishes began in May and are
expected to last until April 2018, when
installation of furniture and equipment begins. When completed in 2018, the structure
should be a tremendous gathering place for
"Like Barnard college itself, the Milstein
Center will be a distinctive place of academic engagement and outreach," the college
says. "The new building will be a physical
embodiment of a culture of intellectual
collaboration and interdisciplinary interchange to create cross-departmental ties, to
stimulate global connections, to inspire students and to foster a bond between students
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