The first of the spaces scheduled to be occupied as part of NYU-Poly's MetroTech Center expansion, as it was leased in nearly "move-in ready" condition, was the 6th floor of 15 MetroTech Center. The space accommodates NYU-Poly's administrative departments, most of which previously were located within the Jacobs Administration Building.
The space is a bright, contemporary, professional environment - outfitted with cubicle work stations, uniformly sized interior offices, and three well-furnished conference rooms for use by all members of our community. By placing departments close together in adjacent work areas, the space fosters collaboration between departments and streamlines our operations.
The departments that relocated to the space, in a three-phased move from August 2011 through January 2012, are: the Office of the President, Office of the Provost, Office of Sponsored Research, Information Technology, Finance and Business Affairs, Human Resources, Development and Alumni Relations, Enterprise Learning and ePoly, Marketing & Communications and Web & Media Services.
With NYU-Poly's gain of 120,000 square feet in MetroTech Center office buildings some work needs to be done to adapt these formerly corporate environments for academic use. In the case of the 9th and 10th floors of 2 MetroTech Center, significant work and investment is required to support academic programming while accommodating future growth. The build-out of 2 MetroTech Center, which will be home to the Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) and part of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) departments, "dry" computational labs, faculty offices, and three, large-capacity classrooms, amounts to a gut renovation. This will take some time to complete, and it is expected that the space will be ready for occupation in January 2012 for the 10th floor and by January 2013 for the 9th floor.
By contrast, the 6th floor of 15 MetroTech Center was leased in nearly "move-in ready" condition, with minimal build-out and infrastructure updates required for its intended uses. Therefore, it was the first of the MetroTech Center spaces to be occupied with phased-in moves from August 2011 through January 2012.
For 15 MetroTech, which was the first of the spaces to be occupied since it required minimal build-out, the moves were phased in over several months from August 2011 through January 2012. Again, because the space as leased was essentially ready to move into - and because the administrative departments could move during the semester with minimal disruption to their operations, these moves occured before academic department moves into 2 MetroTech Center. Because the spaces in 2 MetroTech Center required significantly more work and investment to modify for NYU-Poly use, those moves happened further out. The 10th floor was completed in January 2012, and the 9th floor is scheduled to be completed in January 2013.
Yes. An Open House held in Fall 2011, allowed the NYU-Poly community to get acquainted with 15 MetroTech Center's 6th floor suite. In January 2012, elected officials and members of our community celebrated the opening of the ground-floor lobby and 10th floor space in 2 MetroTech Center. Additionally, through Town Hall sessions, newsletters and broadcast email updates, the community will be kept abreast of the progress of the build-outs and moves on a continual basis.