Physics Department, New York University

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New York, NY
New York University
95,000 SF
2020 Lab Design Excellence Awards Finalist, Lab Manager
2018 ACEC (American Council of Engineering Companies of New York) Engineering Excellence Award, Platinum Level

Aiming to establish a new flagship location for its internationally-recognized Physics Department, New York University blocked out the top three floors of 726 Broadway, a former manufacturing building erected in the early twentieth century, exclusively for the department. The complete gut renovation of the 95,000 square-foot space was a successful lesson in the power of adaptive reuse.

The new facility features large shared facilities including an Optical Lab, Chemical Synthesis Lab, Measurement Lab, Low Temperature Lab, Fabrication Lab (clean room), Electronics and Laser Lab, and Biophysics Lab. Individual spaces were also created for several researchers whose work could not be done in communal labs. The result is a twenty-first century facility that provides robust experimentation space, and warm, well-lit, collaborative environments.

Building Program

Infrastructure for a New Era

Turning an old manufacturing building into a science-heavy lab facility required a new 15,000 SF mechanical plant designed to sit on the roof of the structure. The MEP plant was designed not only for the optimal performance of the Physics Department fit-out, but also to meet the future needs of four additional planned floor renovations for chemistry and biology labs.

In addition to the rooftop equipment, a large vertical shaft was designed for vertical distribution and MEP spaces were allocated in the basement. Together this new infrastructure acts as a backbone for all the building’s systems.