The New School

The Durst Organization worked with The New School to develop a University Center building on Fifth Avenue and 14th Street. It is a 354,000 square foot, 17‐story mixed‐use “vertical campus” incorporating academic, residential (dormitory) and retail uses. The total development cost was approximately $350 million and is the defining asset for the University’s identity. The lower seven floors of the building house the academic functions, including an 800‐seat auditorium, a library, lecture halls, design studios, dining facilities, faculty resources and cafes, all connected by an unusual stairway configuration that allows for open stair system that is visible from the street coupled with emergency egress stairs directly below.

Located on the top floors, a residence hall tower with approximately 600 beds for students has a separate entrance on Fifth Avenue and amenities located on lower levels. The building is composed of a concrete superstructure with a unitized brass curtainwall skin. The project was developed with sustainable principles in mind with LEED‐Gold Certification. Notable systems include black‐water recovery and treatment, cogeneration facilities, ice storage and a high‐performance envelope.


A green building is simply more efficient, providing a better, more productive work environment.