The new hub for the entire Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) Department and part of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department. NYU-Poly's space in the building is split among three floors -- a dedicated ground-floor lobby, the entire 10th floor and a portion of the 9th floor.
Phase I: Opened in January 2012, the dedicated NYU-Poly lobby on the ground floor of the building newar Lawrence Street allows convenient access for students and faculty. A wall-sized graphic of the Brooklyn Bridge rendered in ASCII type, invoking computer code, creates a focal point for the space.
The 50,000 sq ft space on the building's 10th floor, also opened in January 2012, 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 pantry and break room adjacent to the glass-enclosed data monitor room offers a view of the lab conducting research on data analysis and visualization.
Phase II: The 35,000 sq ft on the buildings 9th floor underwent renovations to create three, large-capacity classrooms, new permanent homes for the Center for Advanced Technology in Telecommunications (CATT) and NYU WIRELESS, the largest National Science Foundation-funded academic/industry cooperative research center. The 9th floor space was substantially completed in January 2013.
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.