The Vagelos Education Center
Diller Scofidio + Renfro
By Kirsten Kiser
The Vagelos Education Center is a new, state-of-the-art medical and graduate education building at Columbia University Medical Center. The design seeks to reshape the look and feel of the Medical Center, and to create spaces that facilitate the development of skills essential for modern medical practice.
The Lobby, formed by a seating area, cafe, and a "study bar" overlooking the outdoor courts, relates to its urban context.
The Study Cascade, a network of social and study spaces is distributed across oversized landings along an open 14-story stair - a single, interconnected vertical space that extends from the lobby to the top of the building. An intimate and informal Sky Lounge serves as a gathering space for study groups.
The multi-purpose auditorium, a 275-seat flexible space is used for campus-wide events including lectures, screenings, and concerts.The Anatomy lab has panoramic views of the city.
The West Court, a garden space shared between the new building and adjacent student residences, features local plant species from the Palisades and views across the Hudson River and to the George Washington Bridge.
Ceramic "frit" patterns and gradients are baked onto the north end of the building to filter and diffuse sunlight while mitigating solar gain.
Facts about The Vagelos Education Center
(DS+R): Ricardo Scofidio AIA, Charles Renfro AIA, Benjamin Gilmartin AIA
Site dimensions: 125' X 100'
Gross floor area: 110,000 square feet
Design Architect: Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Executive Architect: GENSLER
Partner-in-Charge (DS+R): Elizabeth Diller
Project Director (DS+R): Anthony Saby
Project Architect (DS+R): Chris Hillyard, AIA
Design Team: Chris Andreacola AIA, David Chacon AIA, Christopher Kupski AIA LEED AP, Barak Pliskin AIA LEED AP, Kevin Rice AIA, Gerard Sullivan AIA, Mary Broaddus, Charles Curran,Robert Donnelly, Amber Foo, Yoon-Young Hur, Joshua Jow, Andreas Kostopoulos, Joseph Dart Messick, Patrick Ngo, Matt Ostrow, Stefano Paiocchi, Jesse Saylor, Jack Solomon, Hallie Terzopolos, Elizabeth Wisecarver
Principal-in-Charge (GENSLER): Madeline Burke-Vigeland AIA, LEED AP
Project Manager (GENSLER): Kristian Gregerson AIA
Technical Director (GENSLER): Ambrose Aliaga-Kelly AIA
Design Team (GENSLER): Joanne Fernando AIA, Jinho Kim AIA, Michelle Neary AIA, Bill DuBois, Ana Espejo, Mariano Ortiz, Henry Hong RA, Scott Wilson AIA
Structural Engineer: Leslie E. Robertson Associates (LERA)
MEP Engineer: Jaros Baum & Bolles (JB&B)
Landscape Architect: SCAPE/Landscape Architecture
Curtain Wall: Buro Happold Consulting Engineers P.C.
Lighting Consultants: Tillotson Design Associates
Acoustic / Audio / Visual Consultants:Cerami & Associates, Inc.
Building Code Consultants: Milrose Consultants, Inc.
Civil / Geotechnical Engineers: Thornton Tomasetti, Weidlinger Transportation Practice
Construction Managers: FJ Sciame Construction Co., Inc.
Last updated: August 26, 2016