NYU-Poly began expanding its campus into neighboring buildings in Downtown Brooklyn's MetroTech Center in the summer of 2012. The Institute entered into a 20-year lease with real estate developer Forest City Ratner Companies for a total of 120,000 square feet at 2 MetroTech Center (on the 9th and 10th floors) and 15 MetroTech Center (on the 6th floor), which also involves a 9-year sub-lease of space from Wellpoint Insurance.
An important component of NYU-Poly's capital plan to transform the campus facilities and support academic objectives, the expansion into MetroTech accommodates i2e initiatives, additional research laboratories, more classrooms and seminar spaces, new faculty offices and laboratories and provides other opportunities which can help the Institute in achieving excellence. Most significantly, the moves into MetroTech Center freed up space within current facilities for renovation and potential redevelopment.
2 MetroTech Center houses two academic departments -- all of the Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) Department and a portion of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department -- and three large-capacity classrooms. The 15 MetroTech Center space houses NYU-Poly's administrative functions including: the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, and the Office of Sponsored Research, among others.
The first phase of the MetroTech Center expansion included build-outs and moves into 15 MetroTech Center and the 10th floor of 2 MetroTech Center, which began in August 2011 and was completed in January 2012. The second phase, which encompassed the build-out of 2 MetroTech Center's 9th floor spaces, got underway in August 2012 and was completed in January 2013.
A: 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 needs and campus-wide computer support. Because the build out of 2 MetroTech Center, which will be home to the CSE and ECE departments, "dry" computational labs, faculty offices, small classrooms, and the new information systems server room, 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 winter 2013.
By contrast, the 6th floor of 15 MetroTech Center is in nearly "move-in" ready condition, with minimal build-out and infrastructure updates required for its intended uses. Therefore, it will be the first of the MetroTech Center spaces to be occupied by fall 2011.
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. In January 2013, the 9th floor of 2 MetroTech Center was completed, with classrooms being ready for use at the start of the spring semester.