New NYU Academic Center Opens–in Washington, DC

By Adrian Maties, Associate Editor New York University, the world’s first Global Network University, opened a new academic facility in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 24. It will give NYU students a chance to study “abroad” (or “study away,” as the case may be) in the nation’s capital. NYU president John Sexton and board of trustees [...]

New York University, the world’s first Global Network University, opened a new academic facility in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 24. It will give NYU students a chance to study “abroad” (or “study away,” as the case may be) in the nation’s capital. NYU president John Sexton and board of trustees chair Martin Lipton welcomed students, faculty and donors at the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday evening.

Dubbed the ”Constance Milstein and Family Global Academic Center,” the 75,000-square-foot facility is located at 1307 L St., N.W., near Thomas Circle, and will provide a home away from home for faculty and researchers traveling to Washington, as well as a gathering space for NYU alumni in the area. It includes state-of-the-art classrooms, dorm rooms, faculty offices and residential space, as well as research space and a 140-seat auditorium. The building will ultimately house 120 students per semester. The curriculum will focus on government, politics, public administration and journalism, among other fields.

Hickok Cole Architects designed the facility. Work on the project started in December 2010. It was finished this month. NYU is now applying for LEED Silver certification for the building.

NYU Washington DC was built on land donated by Ronald Abramson, a shareholder in the firm of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney. The land was valued at $5 million. Abramson was one of the project’s major donors, together with  Constance Milstein, principal & co-founder of Ogden CAP Properties L.L.C. Milstein donated $10 million for the construction of the building.

NYU is one of the largest private universities in the United States and sends more students to study aboard than any other U.S. college or university. The Constance Milstein and Family Global Academic Center joins 13 other NYU-operated academic sites in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, and North and South America. Sexton called the new site ”an indispensable addition to NYU’s global network.”

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