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Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center

We provided site/civil and geotechnical engineering design services for a new medical education building at Columbia University in Manhattan.

Project Details

Project Partners
Diller Scofidio + Renfro & Gensler
Owner
Columbia University Medical Center
Location
New York, New York
Completion Date
Area
100,242 ft²
Sustainability
LEED Gold Certification
Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center at Columbia University in Manhattan. Courtesy Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center at Columbia University in Manhattan. Courtesy Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center at Columbia University in Manhattan. Courtesy Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Overview

We provided site/civil and geotechnical engineering design services to Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Gensler for a new medical education building at Columbia University in Manhattan.

Highlights

  • As part of the design effort, Transportation coordinated approvals with the NYCDEP for sanitary and storm sewer connections, including a large detention system, and coordination with the NYCDOB was required for the Builder’s Pavement Plan.

  • Transportation also provided geotechnical engineering oversight during the soil-boring program which confirmed the high rock profile for the area – a critical component during the design stage with regards to excavation and foundations.

  • Due to site constraints and the proposed building location, the existing parking garage entrance that serves the neighboring high-rise housing for the Columbia University Medical Center has been demolished and relocated.

  • The relocated tunnel entrance was designed using precast roof panels so that the garage could remain open during construction.

  • As part of construction support services, Transportation has been working closely with the construction manager reviewing shop drawings and request for information (RFIs) submittals.

  • Complications have risen during construction, but the design team has been able to come up with creative solutions in order to allow the contractor to stay on schedule.