By Lisa Kopochinski
NEW YORK, NY—With a completion date slated for January 2021, NYU’s School of Global Public Health is well under construction.
The School will educate tomorrow’s leaders in global health planning and support collaborative research on public health issues around the world. Specialty programs include Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Global and Environmental Public Health, and Public Health Policy and Management. Since 2017, the school has seen its enrollment triple and its grant ranking surge.
“NYU GPH is working in the United States and around the world to prevent and combat epidemics,” said School Dean Cheryl Healton in a statement.
“Their new home will bring together staff, faculty and students under one roof for the first time as they continue the quest to educate the next generation of the front line in public health professionals, advance research to improve the world’s health and directly engage with agencies, communities and governments to improve public health efforts globally.”
The new facility is located at 708 Broadway in New York City in two adjoining historic buildings on the NYU Greenwich Village campus. It will span 147,000 square feet and accommodate multiple public health research groups, student gathering space, a conference center, and faculty and administrative offices.
Kliment Halsband Architects is the architect on this impressive project, and Suffolk Construction is the general contractor. The project cost is not being disclosed at this time.
A living green wall in the building will set the tone for the environmental and healthful indoor experience. On upper floors, research groups will be able gather in flexible open workstation configurations with nearby conference and breakout spaces. Glass-walled offices and open workspace bring natural light and views to everyone. High ceilings, color-controlled LED lighting, and color schemes based on a nature-related palette contribute to a calm, stress free, and productive atmosphere.
A 70-foot-long window wall will bring light and views into the space. A multiuse open space on the student floor is the setting for job fairs, lectures, and film presentations. Every floor includes an informal eating and workspace, a fully equipped pantry and kitchen, and gender-neutral toilet rooms.
An NYU Fitness Center is in the building. Designated areas for bicycle storage also emphasize health conscious choices for students. The incorporation of colorful graphics and lighting in the stairs encourage their use. A two-floor penthouse conference center invites public access and can also be used as an informal fitness studio.