Higgins Engineering & Science Center, Manhattan College

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Bronx, NY
Manhattan College
50,000 GSF
30,000 New
20,000 Renovated
2022 Design Award of Merit, SARA National
2021 American Architecture Award, The Chicago Athenaeum
2021 Design Award of Merit, SARA New York

The Higgins Engineering & Science Center strengthens the identity of Manhattan College’s South Campus, elevates STEM education with state-of-the-art facilities, and creates a new distinct home for Engineering, one of the largest departments at the College. The primary engineering building, Leo Hall, had not been updated since the 1980s and was sorely out of date. The addition of the 30,000 SF Higgins Center, constructed on an existing parking lot adjacent to Leo Hall, provides much needed spaces for entry level sciences as well as capstone laboratories for specialty engineering disciplines.

Distinguishing aspects of the design include the integration of the existing Leo building with the new building, the creation of a three-sided courtyard that is open to the college as well as the community, the celebration of engineering on display with exposed structure, mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems, and implementation of sustainable elements that led to LEED Gold certification.