- New York, New York
- Rockefeller University
- 260,000 SF
60,000 SF Addition
200,000 SF Renovation
- LEED Silver
- 2015 Merit Award, SARA
- 2013 Citation for Design, AIA New York State Design Awards
The Collaborative Research Center evolved out of Rockefeller University’s vision to foster interdisciplinary research and greater intellectual exchange through collaboration and unexpected encounters. The project consisted of the complete interior and exterior renovation of Smith and Flexner, two six-story buildings from 1917 and 1929, and the construction of a new bridging building that joins the two sites.
The revitalized project creates one unified complex with state-of-the-art open laboratory spaces as well as new common areas designed to promote interaction. The linking building provides the primary shared facilities including the lobby, lounge space, café, stairs, elevators, restrooms, and a 200-seat auditorium. As the first major project for the University in the 21st Century, the CRC has brought new life to the north half of the campus and reinvigorated its presence as a vital scientific research hub.
Taking advantage of the 80 foot gap created by the sunken parking lot separating Smith and Flexner Hall, a “bridging building” was designed to physically link the two buildings and create a single unified facility that would embody a spirit of collaboration.