BUILDING FIT’s FUTURE

FIT is set to construct a ten-story, state-of-the-art academic building, expected to open in 2019-20. Mayor Bill de Blasio’s executive budget, announced in May, allocated $74 million for the project, matching a 2009 allocation from the State of New York. The first new academic facility on campus in four decades, the structure will be built within the footprint of the existing campus, opening onto West 28th Street. It will provide nearly 100,000 square feet of space for classrooms, studios, and student services. With funding now in place, one year will be spent refining the design, and construction will take about three years.
fit_B_03 copyFIT’s student population has doubled over 30 years, but academic space has increased by only 3.68 percent, creating a severe shortage that has limited the college’s growth. FIT needs not only more space, but more modern space, since its specialized fields require advanced technology and areas for students, faculty, and industry to collaborate. The building will address these needs, strengthening FIT’s role as an education leader anda partner to the creative industries in New York City.
Designed by the award-winning New York firm SHoP Architects in a competition sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, the dramatic structure will add an exciting element to the neighborhood and bring life to what has been a nondescript block. The innovative design incorporates environmentally friendly technology, reflecting FIT’s commitment to sustainability. The LEED-certified building includes a green roof and a photovoltaic façade that distributes light throughout the space while collecting solar energy for heating and cooling systems. The transparent exterior opens the life of the college to the neighborhood, conveying a welcoming presence and allowing a dynamic interchange between the campus and the surrounding community.

—Linda Angrilli

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