Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,

As we enter the third year of the i2e Campus Transformation, I wanted to take this opportunity to review quickly what has been accomplished to date, and to inform you about the exciting projects currently underway.

  • Construction of the CITE Game Innovation Lab
  • Renovations to the Rogers Hall Café and Corridor, and updates to the Café Servery
  • Renovations to the 1st and 4th floor restrooms in Rogers Hall
  • Upgrades to seven classrooms within Rogers Hall
  • Creation of an ADA-complaint 3rd floor entrance to the Dibner Library
  • A number of key infrastructure updates
  • Completion of the moves onto 15 MetroTech Center’s 6th floor and 2 MetroTech Center’s 10th floor (Read more about these recently finished projects below.)

Now, we are turning our attention back to Rogers Hall, the heart of our campus, with the kick-off of the Rogers Hall re:Engineering effort. Also, in progress is the planning for the build-out of 35,000 square feet of research and academic space on the 9th floor of 2 MetroTech Center, and planning for reallocation of the space that subsequently will be freed up in the Dibner building. Finally, we want to highlight ways in which sustainability plays a role in the re-envisioning of the NYU-Poly’s downtown Brooklyn campus. These current projects are outlined in more detail below.

On April 3rd, NYU-Poly President Jerry Hultin will host a Town Hall which will include an update on the campus transformation, among other topics, and will provide a forum for members of the NYU-Poly community to ask questions and share their ideas. Please watch for more information about the Town Hall in the coming weeks.

Thank you,

Dennis Dintino
Vice President of Finance and Business Affairs



REALIZED PROJECTS

On January 20th, NYU-Poly President Jerry Hultin and NYU President John Sexton were joined by NYU-Poly faculty and staff, civic leaders, including Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and Deputy Mayor Robert K. Steel, and other special guests to celebrate NYU-Poly’s MetroTech Center expansion with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. NYU-Poly’s expansion and its relevance to furthering Brooklyn’s reputation as a center of innovation generated a good deal of media interest, too, with news reports appearing in outlets such as NY-1, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, and News 12, among others.

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2 MetroTech Center, 10th floor

This 50,000-square-foot space is the new hub for the entire Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) Department and part of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department. The space includes 47 faculty and researcher offices, more than a dozen computational laboratories, work stations for post-docs and student researchers, and department administration and advising offices. A highlight of the space is a pantry/breakroom adjacent to the glass-enclosed data monitor room, offering a view into Professors Juliana Freire and Claudio Silva’s lab conducting data analysis and visualization research.

15 MTC Administrative Space

With the final phase of the moves into NYU-Poly’s 6th floor suite at 15 MetroTech Center in January, the 15 MTC project is now complete. 6th Floor tenants include: the Office of the President, Office of the Provost, Office of Sponsored Research, Information Systems, Financial Operations, Human Resources, Development and Alumni Relations, Enterprise Learning and ePoly, Marketing and Communications, and Web and Media Services. Please note that the 4th floor of the Jacobs Administration Building (JB) is closed. Silleck Lounge and the Faculty Lounge on the 5th floor of JB remain open.


IN-PROGRESS PROJECTS

Rogers Hall re:Engineering

A core, strategic objective of the capital plan is the renovation of Rogers Hall, the “heart” of the NYU-Poly campus and the Institute’s largest and most robust building. Master planning efforts for the building, dubbed Rogers Hall re:Engineeiring, kicked off earlier this year with the formation of a committee of faculty, staff and students charged with leading the efforts to determine how to maximize and optimize the building’s spaces most efficiently and effectively. NYU-Poly is working with Payette architects on this project, a well-respected firm that specializes in adaptive reuse projects in academic and research institutions, including the award-winning PDSI Project for MIT.

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Payette will work closely with the committee, providing information and advice to assist the committee in balancing the needs for offices and laboratories for new faculty hires, classrooms, space for academic departments, and public spaces, along with the need for major infrastructure repairs and improvements. The Rogers Hall re:Engineering Committee will engage the NYU-Poly community and key stakeholders to develop innovative solutions for better use of the building. The engagement process will include discussions with the Provost’s office regarding faculty recruit space needs, meetings with Rogers Hall stakeholders to document user types and needs, and forums for all members of the community to share their vision for the future of Rogers Hall. A sub-committee focused on community engagement will be developing new ways for getting input, including through in-person idea forums and technology-driven methods.

With the Committee’s guidance, Payette will draft a Master Plan document to be shared with the entire NYU-Poly community early in Fall 2012.

2 Metrotech Center, 9th Floor

The next phase of the 2 MetroTech Center project is the build-out of the 9th floor. The 35,000-square-foot space will be home to an exciting new center for the Center for Advanced Technology in Telecommunications (CATT) and the Wireless Internet Center for Advanced Technology (WICAT) and related faculty. The 9th floor also will include three large-capacity classrooms and a small student gathering space. Planning for the 9th floor is in process, with project completion and move in slated for January 2013.

Dibner Building Re-Use

The relocation of the entire CSE department and part of the ECE department to new space in 2 MetroTech Center, leaves space open in the Dibner building for a new student services hub. Under the current working plan, the following departments will join the library (located on the 3rd and 4th floors), a number of ECE faculty (located on a portion of the 2nd floor) and labs for those faculty (located in the basement):

  • Student Affairs, Student Clubs, International Students and Scholars, Counseling Services and the Career Management Center
  • One-Stop Shop (Registrar and Financial Aid)
  • Undergraduate Program Offices, including Advisement, Special Services/TRIO, HEOP and General Studies
“Green” Initiatives

From the outset of the i2e Campus Transformation, “Green” has held its place among the Six Driving Principles of Transformative Capital Planning defined by NYU-Poly President Jerry Hultin. We have integrated sustainable practices wherever we could find viable opportunities to do so in the renovations and upgrades of our leased spaces and existing facilities. With the help of Campus GreenUp and Cleantech Works, both ventures founded by graduates of NYU-Poly’s CleantechExecs program, we are progressing towards our commitments to significantly reduce energy consumption and harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

We are working in collaboration with Campus GreenUp on one particularly exciting project – the creation of a microgrid powered by natural gas that would supply electricity, chilled water, hot water and steam to NYU-Poly facilities and potentially neighboring buildings in and around MetroTech Center. Currently, we are conducting a thorough review of the feasibility of the project with NYU’s Strategic Assessment, Planning and Design department. Additionally, to gain momentum for the project, NYU-Poly and Campus GreenUp have approached other residents of MetroTech Center to share the merits of the microgrid technology, gauge their interest, and invite them to participate in transforming the plaza into an energy independent district.

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The microgrid, which would be the first of its kind in the Northeast, would yield a number of benefits for NYU-Poly. In addition, to significantly reducing harmful emissions, energy consumption and costs, the microgrid also would serve as a ‘living laboratory’ for our students and researchers and could potentially create jobs for our community. Further, the system is reliable, safe and scalable to grow with increasing power needs over time. In the unlikely event of a microgrid failure, a conventional electrical system would provide back-up power.

In the interim, several other sustainability measures already have been implemented as part of our facilities renovations and improvements, including:

  • Installing a new, energy-efficient LED lighting system in the Othmer Residence Hall completed last fall; the success of this pilot project will be assessed, with the goal of replication on other parts of the campus.
  • Equipping the recently renovated restrooms on the 1st and 4th floors of Rogers Hall with occupancy controlled lighting, ultra-efficient hand dryers and water heaters, and high-efficiency faucets, urinals and toilets.
  • Harvesting daylight in the Rogers Hall café and the generously sized glass doors leading to the adjacent corridor with a lighting system that allows us to optimize natural light and supplement it with electric light, only as needed.
  • Installing water coolers in new projects, including 2 MTC and 15 MTC, which dispense filtered tap water for drinking, decreasing the use of bottled water.
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While on the surface these appear to be incremental measures, the cumulative impact can be quite significant. For example, powering up the lights in NYU-Poly-owned buildings accounts for a nearly one-third of the Institute’s energy usage. The projected net effect of replacing inefficient lighting fixtures will cut our energy usage by half and our energy costs by more than 50 percent over the next several years. In addition, the new high-efficiency plumbing fixtures in the renovated Rogers Hall restrooms are expected to significantly conserve water. The new fixtures will reduce water usage by 75 percent for faucets, up to 63 percent for toilets, and up to 87 percent for urinals.

Additionally, as we continue to work on major campus transformation initiatives throughout the campus, we gradually are replacing outmoded infrastructure to make our building systems more reliable and energy efficient overall.

For more information on the i2e Campus Transformation, visit: http://www.poly.edu/ct/



AROUND TOWN

Going forward, we’ll use this newsletter as a forum for keeping the NYU-Poly up-to-date on other important happenings in our Downtown Brooklyn neighborhood.  Following here is a list of new and pending retail and restaurant openings for your reference. 

Now open: 

  • Gap Factory Store, 400 Fulton Street,  a retail outlet of the national denim and sportswear manufacturer
  • >La Défense, 2 MetroTech Center, a French bakery and bistro
  • Panera Bread, 345 Adams Street, a bakery-café  serving artisan breads, soups and sandwiches
  • Shake Shack, 409 Fulton Street, a burger, fries and shakes spot

Coming Soon to Adams Street this fall:

  • Sugar and Plumm, a candy emporium
  • American BBQ and Beer Co., a restaurant