On August 1, 2006, New York Law School, one of the oldest independent law schools in the United States, launched a $190 million expansion and renovation program that has since transformed the School's campus in lower Manhattan's TriBeCa neighborhood into a cohesive architectural complex nearly double its former size.
At the center of the project is a new, glass-enclosed 235,000-square-foot academic building, which extends five stories aboveground and four below. The new building, which opened 2009, stands next to the School's existing three structures, which will be renovated completely by August 2012. The resulting campus will reflect the School's past and future, symbolizing the growth and renewal of TriBeCa and all of lower Manhattan.
The new building is almost exclusively student-centered -- with classrooms, lounges, study rooms, dining facilities, and the library all housed within the building's central core. Students attend classes in rooms designed to maximize teaching and learning opportunities, with cutting-edge technology, top-notch lighting and acoustics, and tiered seating that promotes the open exchange of ideas. They also collaborate in customized spaces modeled after the courtoom and other real-world practice settings. The new facility showcases every aspect of the School's outstanding program in a law building finer than any other in the city.
Check out the video created by Smith Group, the architects of 185 West Broadway, and learn what our community has to say about the new facility and how the building enhances the student learning experience