Event Address

Rockefeller University - Founders Hall
1230 York Avenue
New York, NY 10065
United States

Event Date

The NYC Builds Bio+ November Quarterly Breakfast meeting will highlight Rockefeller University's River Campus, the latest spectacular development undertaken by one of New York City's foremost academic research institutions. Under construction since 2015, the new two-acre campus provides over 160,000 square feet of space -- including laboratories, conference rooms, and common areas. By building on university-owned air rights over the FDR Drive, the project allowed Rockefeller to expand its footprint by two acres and create a green roof accessible from the existing campus. The centerpiece of the River Campus, a 750-foot long research building, is designed to help foster collaboration between scientists and to be easily reconfigurable as needs evolve.


The project is notable for the unusual method of construction. In 2016, a barge-mounted crane installed the building's 19 prefabricated steel-and-concrete "modules," some weighing more than 1.5 million pounds, in a series of overnight lifts above the FDR Drive. A short video of the construction can be seen here.


Participants in the November Quarterly breakfast will tour the new River Campus after the program.


The program will also include a discussion of the ten common mistakes that developers make when planning for lab use and will look at creative ways of re-purposing existing buildings to become user friendly flexible lab build outs.