DIBNER BUILDING REPURPOSED
The i2e Campus Transformation brought with it a great opportunity to optimize the use of the Dibner Building to meet current needs within the context of the larger plans for the future of our campus. The Dibner Building, now more than 20 years old, is being repurposed in a project designed to accomplish three important goals:
- To prepare the space for its new tenants. While the Library and some portions of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) department will remain in Dibner, the building will become home to a number of exciting additional uses. Following construction to be completed in mid-October, a new Student Services and Support Center will open, providing students with convenient access to the services they need under one roof. The new center will include: Student Affairs, Student Clubs, a small Student Lounge, International Students and Scholars, and Counseling Services; the Registrar and Student Financial Services one-stop shop; and Undergraduate Programs Offices, including Advisement, Special Services/TRIO, HEOP, and General Studies. The Expository Writing Program, administered by New York University, is located on the 1st floor of Dibner. In January, the Technology, Culture and Society (TCS) department also will relocate to the 1st floor.
- To update the public spaces. Dibner is undergoing updates that will enliven the public spaces to create a better user experience. Modern paint schemes will fill the corridors. Splashy graphics will punctuate walls and doors. New outdoor seating for warm months connects Dibner to the MetroTech Commons. Additionally, the Library’s computer lab has been newly remodeled and the Library has been outfitted with an abundance of laptop plug-in stations to make working for extended hours and charging electronic devices more convenient.
- To make infrastructure repairs. Upgrading the building’s smoke purge damper system is expected to yield improvements in the flow of heat and air-conditioning throughout the building, while bolstering building safety.
2 METROTECH CENTER
Across the commons, the second phase of our 2 MetroTech Center project, the renovation of 24,000 square feet on the building’s 9th floor to create exciting new research and teaching spaces and a new data center, will kick off this month.
The build-out for NYU WIRELESS, a new research center that combines engineering, computer science, and medical applications, and the Center for Advanced Technology in Telecommunications (CATT) will include faculty offices, laboratories, and administrative and common areas. In addition, three, large-capacity, general use classrooms, with room for 48, 68 and 70 students, also are part of the 9th floor plan. Construction is expected to be complete in January.
Last January 2 MTC’s 10th floor became home to two academic departments, when the Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) department and part of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) department relocated faculty offices, research labs and department administration from the Dibner Building.
INSTITUTE FOR ENGINEERED INTERFACES
Made possible by a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, the new Institute for Engineered Interfaces (IEI) Laboratories being built on the 8th floor of Rogers Hall will promote and facilitate a cross-disciplinary, collaborative approach to research. The IEI Laboratories, consisting of a newly created synthetic chemistry lab and an adjacent cell culture lab, will be carved out by transforming the combined spaces of rooms RH 803, 811, 813 and 822. New classrooms on the 3rd floor of Rogers Hall replace classroom RH 803.
The extensive renovation includes significant upgrades to bring the existing infrastructure – mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection – up to the modern standards required for world-class research facilities. New fume hoods and biology safety cabinets will be installed, along with new windows, fixtures, furnishings, ceilings, floors and walls. Further, the project will serve as a model for transforming other laboratory spaces in Rogers Hall in the near future.
Additionally, on the 7th floor of Rogers Hall, RH 716 will be upgraded to accept another NSF grant award for a new state-of-the-art NMR spectroscopy machine. Construction is expected to be completed by this winter.
Like NYU-Poly, Downtown Brooklyn continues to transform with additional retail and dining establishments opening each month. Following is a list of new and pending establishments in and around our neighborhood.
- Brooklyn Industries, 342 Fulton Street (at Adams Street) – The homegrown purveyor of hip bags and apparel brings its signature messenger bags and graphic t-shirts to Fulton Street.
- >Gold Street Eatery, 306 Gold Street (near Johnson Street) – Tasty soups, salads and hot sandwiches rule the menu of this new restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- iCrave, 115 Court Street (b/w Schermerhorn and State streets) – A self-serve frozen yogurt shop with 21 flavors and 40 toppings.
- Misdemeanor at NU Hotel, 85 Smith Street (b/w State Street and Atlantic Ave.) – Boasting one of the largest sidewalk cafés in Downtown Brooklyn, Misdemeanor serves up a rotating menu of specialty cocktails and tapas for lunch and dinner.
- Palmer's, 343 Gold Street (b/w Myrtle and Johnson streets) – This new café/bar serves breakfast and dinner, with lunch coming soon.
- Seattle’s Best Coffee, 253 Livingston Street (at Bond Street) – The franchise is known for brewing up cups o’ joe from ‘Light & Crisp’ to ‘Dark & Intense’ blends and everything in between.
Coming Soon and in the Future:
- Potbelly Sandwich Shop (2012) – The first Brooklyn location of this chain known for its toasted sandwiches is “coming soonish,” according to a sign posted at its 345 Adams Street storefront.
- Citi Bike (March 2013) – A bike sharing system, underwritten by Citi and MasterCard, will launch with 10,000 bikes at 600 stations across Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens.
- Century 21 (2015) – The discount shopping emporium will open an outpost at the Fulton Mall.